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Construction in the Tacoma area

Repair work on I-705 in Tacoma scheduled tonight

Drivers using the northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 705 in Tacoma may encounter delays tonight as Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews repair a steel bridge joint.

Closure specifics

  • 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 8
  • Crews will close the northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to northbound I-705/City Center

During the closure, drivers will follow a signed detour.

Alternate route for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5

Tired of the recent long backups on eastbound SR 16 heading to northbound I-5? Try this alternate route, which uses the SR 7 U-turn at South 38th Street.  We've clocked it, and when backups at the merge are heavy this will take you about half the time! Just make sure that as you're heading up the hill on SR 7, take the route to South 38th Street east (not west).

Eastbound SR 16 alternate route to northbound I-5

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation have multiple overnight lane and ramp closures scheduled for Tacoma area highways during the week of July 6. The closures, listed below, are connected to the I-5: M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV and I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Northbound HOV projects.

Continued ramp closures
Northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5.
A Street on-ramp to northbound Interstates 705/I-5.

Night ramp closures 

On Monday, July 6, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, the northbound Interstate 5 collector/distributor lanes from eastbound State Route 16 and East 38th Street to State Route 7 and Interstate 705 will close. In addition, the northbound I-5 exit to northbound State Route 167 will close on the same night, during the same hours.

The southbound I-705 ramps to northbound and southbound I-5 will close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8 to 4 a.m. each following day. The same ramps will close during the early morning hours of Friday, July 10, from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. Drivers will follow a signed detour.

Long-term closure of 20th Street East in Fife in place through 2017

The road closure is needed while crews build a new northbound Interstate 5 bridge over the Puyallup River. The bridge, which will be built adjacent to the existing northbound I-5 bridge, will be wider and straighter than the existing bridge, and will feature a new northbound high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Other improvements will also be made on I-5 between Portland Avenue in Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.


Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

  • Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.
  • Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
  • Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.

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