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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



I-5 paving in Lakewood continues after Labor Day
Expect heavy congestion and traffic delays while work is under way

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to repave sections of southbound Interstate 5 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday, Sept. 6. During those night hours, I-5 will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and several on- and off-ramps will be closed. Similar closures have caused significant congestion on I-5 and motorists are advised to avoid the area or plan accordingly.

Sections of I-5 will be ground and paved between Berkeley Street and just south of the JBLM Main Gate at milepost 120.3.

In addition, crews will continue to install conduit along I-5 between Berkeley Street and State Route 512. This work will require some single-lane and overnight ramp closures within the work zone. The following is the ramp closure schedule. Note that on Tuesday night, motorists will not be able to access either direction of I-5 from Berkeley Street.

Ramp closures: Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Wednesday morning, Sept. 3
• Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
• Bridgeport Way on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Ramp closures: Wednesday, Sept 3 to Thursday morning, Sept. 4
• Bridgeport Way on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
• Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 pm. to 5 a.m.
• Southbound I-5 exit to JBLM main gate will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Ramp closures: Thursday, Sept. 4 to Friday morning, Sept. 5
• Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• Southbound I-5 exit to JBLM main gate will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
• Bridgeport Way on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Ramp closures: Friday, Sept 5 to Saturday morning, Sept. 6
• Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• Bridgeport Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

3-month ramp closure in Tacoma begins Sept. 2

TACOMA – Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the A Street on-ramp to northbound Interstate 705/Interstate 5 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 2, for stormwater pond excavation work as part of the I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV. The ramp closure will be in place around the clock until December, and a signed detour will be provided for motorists.

Additional overnight lane and ramp closures will also take place next week on I-5, I-705 and State Route 7 as crews finish creating a protected work area.

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, crews will close the left lane and shoulder of northbound I-5 near M Street. The lane closure will be in place overnight until 5 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The I-705 and State Route 7 on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close overnight from 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, until 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. The two right northbound I-5 lanes will also close between M Street and Portland Avenue for the same hours.

Three lanes of southbound I-5, plus the Portland Avenue on-ramp and I-705 and SR 7 off-ramps, will close overnight beginning at 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 until 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5. The closures will allow crews to remove and replace pavement markings.

As a reminder, southbound I-5 between Yakima Street and State Route 16 is reduced from four to three general-purpose lanes around the clock for approximately six weeks. Crews have closed the left lane so the median can be rebuilt to carry traffic through the area during future traffic shifts


I-5/SR16 Eastbound SR 16 Nalley Valley 

Weather permitting, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close eastbound State Route 16 and area ramps two nights. The closures will allow crews to restripe a two-lane segment of the roadway to create a continuous third lane on eastbound SR 16 approaching Nalley Valley, and to do other miscellaneous construction work.

Eastbound SR 16 closure schedule for restriping:
11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3
Crews will close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue, the South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16, and both newly-constructed South Sprague Avenue on-ramps to eastbound SR 16/Interstate 5. The roadway and ramps will reopen at 4 a.m. each following morning. If work progresses as scheduled, the third eastbound SR 16 lane will be open to traffic at 4 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.

Additional closures for form-removal work and other miscellaneous activities:
• At 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Sept. 2-4, South Sprague Avenue will close between South 35th Street and South Tacoma Way. Drivers will follow a signed detour. The roadway will reopen each following morning at 4:30 a.m.

• At 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, crews will close the right shoulder of eastbound SR 16 from South Sprague Avenue on-ramp to I-5. An hour later at 10 p.m., crews will close one lane of westbound SR 16 for removal of temporary barrier. The lane and roadway shoulder will reopen at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

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