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2014 Construction in the Tacoma area


The projects below are being highlighted because they are either in urbanized travel areas or will have unusual impacts to traffic. For more information on these projects, please contact WSDOT Olympic Region Communications staff during office hours at 360-357-2789 or by emailing bakerc@wsdot.wa.gov. 


Want to see WSDOT construction efforts? Take a look at the 2013/2014 Construction Season Projects Map


Series of night closures planned as crews near finish line on eastbound SR 16 project

As crews are making the final push on the Interstate 5/State Route 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project, nighttime drivers should plan ahead for a series of total night closures of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue. Other closures affecting I-5 access will also take place.

The closures will allow crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to conduct additional roadway paving and striping.

Monday, July 21
11 p.m.
• Close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue. Detour via South Union Avenue.
• Close South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16.

Tuesday, July 22
4 a.m.
• Reopen all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue and South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16.

11 p.m.
• Close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue. Detour via South Union Avenue.
• Close South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16.

Wednesday, July 23
4 a.m.
• Reopen eastbound SR 16 and South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16.

11 p.m.
• Close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue. Detour via South Union Avenue.
• Close South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and City Center.

Thursday, July 24
4 a.m.
• Reopen eastbound SR 16 and South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16.
• Reopen South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and City Center.

11 p.m.
• Close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue. Detour via South Union Avenue.
• Closing northbound I-5 exit to City Center (#133).

Friday, July 25
4 a.m.
• Reopen all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue and South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16.
• Reopen northbound I-5 exit to City Center (#133).

Northbound SR 167 bridge successfully relocated, WSDOT thanks drivers for patience


On weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic on 4th Street and Levee Road under the Puyallup River bridge.

From 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 21-23, 4th Street under the Puyallup River bridge will close.

Now that the northbound bridge has been relocated, crews will begin to build a new bridge in its place. Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to be complete by late 2015.

The WSDOT would like to thank the public for altering their travel plans to help reduce congestion in the area during this phase of the project.

You can watch a time-lapse video of the SR 167 Puyallup River bridge move.


Night paving on SR 509 in Tacoma continues

TACOMA – Crews are making progress in their efforts to repave a portion of State Route 509 and make ADA improvements to sidewalk ramps in Tacoma, however daytime and night closures remain necessary to get the job done.

Motorists can expect to encounter single-lane closures on SR 509 between Alexander Avenue East and Norpoint Way during the following timeframes. Although WSDOT tries to minimize impacts to traffic during construction activities, the closures have caused delays and frustration for drivers and they are advised to avoid the area if possible. 

• 9 p.m. Friday, July 18 to 9 a.m. Saturday, July 19
• 7 p.m. Sunday, July 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 21
• 7 p.m. Monday, July 21 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 22
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 23
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 to 5 a.m. Thursday, July 24
• 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24 to 5 a.m. Friday, July 25

Several days of daytime lane closures are expected over the next few weeks to complete the sidewalk and electrical work. The daytime lane closures will be announced as they are scheduled.


Paving will close I-5 on-ramp Sunday night in Tacoma

TACOMA – Crews will close the State Route 167/Bay Street on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 one night for paving activities.

The on-ramp will close from 10 p.m. Sunday, July 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 21.

Drivers will need to use alternate routes



Crews nearly cross finish line on SR 161 Edgewood

As of July 13, 2014, crews completed a series of four weekends to rebuild two intersections on State Route 161 (Meridian Avenue East).
Although there are a few punch-list items, crews have completed most of the work on the project.

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