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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 

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

56-hour ramp closure to occur near SR 7/South 38th Street interchange

At 8 a.m. on Monday, July 28, WSDOT maintenance crews will close the right lane of southbound SR 7 approaching South 38th Street, and the southbound SR 7 exit to westbound South 38th Street. Over the next three days, they will remove portions of asphalt in the closed lane, expose the drainage system and replace drains that have failed and allowed water to seep onto the roadway.

When the drainage repairs are complete, they will resurface the lane and finish the job by removing roadway debris and clearing vegetation to improve motorists’ sight distance.

The ramp and lane are scheduled to reopen by 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. During the ramp closure, motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Work on Eastbound Nalley Valley project continues

At 9 p.m. on Monday, July 28, crews will close the left southbound lane of I-5 near the interchange for drainage work. The lane will reopen by 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 29.

At 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, crews will close the South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and the City Center for striping. The ramp will reopen by 4 a.m. Thursday, July 31.

At 11 p.m. on Thursday, crews will close two ramps:

• South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and the City Center; and
• northbound I-5 exit (#133) to the City Center.

Signed detours will be provided for the closed ramps. Both ramps will reopen by 4 a.m. Friday, August 1.

I-5 ramps closing Sunday for City of Tacoma road work

TACOMA – Drivers traveling on Interstate 5 in Tacoma will notice numerous daytime ramp closures on Sunday at the I-5/South 56th Street interchange while City of Tacoma crews chip-seal the city road near I-5.

Weather permitting, at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 27, crews will affect the following ramps as indicated below. In addition to the ramp closures, the city will close South 56th Street itself. Specific information on the street closure can be found on the city’s webpage.

In the event of rain, the work will be postponed.

• Close northbound I-5 exits to both eastbound and westbound South 56th Street.
• Close the eastbound South 56th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5.
• Close southbound I-5 exit to eastbound South 56th Street.
• Restrict the southbound I-5 exit to westbound South 56th Street to a right-turn only.

During the closures, motorists will be detoured via the I-5/South 38th Street interchange.

Depending on work progress, crews anticipate that by mid-morning on Sunday they will reopen the ramp from eastbound South 56th Street to northbound I-5. All other ramps are scheduled to remain closed until 4 p.m. Sunday.


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