Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Construction
Nighttime drivers who use the northbound Interstate 5 collector/distributor exit to Interstate 705 and State Route 7 are advised to plan additional time for their trips next week.
Contractor crews working for the WSDOT on the I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project will close the lanes so crews can continue to apply paint to the new concrete wall and finish work on the new Pacific Avenue Bridge.
• 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 28-30, until 4 a.m. each following morning.
• 11:59 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2, until 4 a.m. each following morning.
Drivers can follow a signed detour route or take alternate routes.
HOV makeover in Tacoma requires squeeze at SR 16/I-5 connection
Eastbound SR 16 drivers near I-5 can expect delays, congestion through spring 2017
Temporary but significant changes are underway for drivers who use the eastbound State Route 16 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The change will allow crews to continue efforts to extend HOV lanes into Tacoma, but a similar configuration in 2015 created routine backups on SR 16 approaching I-5.
The eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is reduced to one lane through spring 2017.
The work zone space created by reducing eastbound SR 16 to one lane at northbound I-5 will allow crews to build new road approaches to the newly constructed bridge over Interstate 705/State Route 7. That new bridge will eventually carry all northbound I-5 traffic, and existing northbound I-5 lanes will be converted to HOV lanes.
Eastbound SR 16 travelers merging onto northbound I-5 can expect congestion and delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commute hours. Drivers headed north of Tacoma who encounter backups are encouraged to consider detouring onto State Route 7, to South 38th Street (east), and looping back onto the SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5.
See additional information about this change at the WSDOT Blog.
McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt
East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic during August 2016. The closure will allow crews to rebuild the overpass. The roadway isn't expected to reopen to traffic until late winter 2018. Until the overpass it rebuilt, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to the rebuilt Pacific Avenue overpass.
Rebuilding both overpasses is part of the effort to expand I-5 HOV lanes into Tacoma.