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I-5 - Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr - Paving


August 2014

  • Drivers can expect major impacts during upcoming I-5 lane closures in Olympia during bridge joint repair.
  • This bridge joint work has been scheduled for the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. The work will require numerous day and night lane closures on I-5 for both weekends. The work will create extensive traffic congestion on northbound and southbound I-5 and on US 101 approaching I-5.
  • During both weekends, drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid this area of I-5 and US 101 in Olympia and Tumwater.

Why is WSDOT repaving segments of Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lakewood?
Sections of pavement along this portion of Interstate 5 are wearing down after years of heavy traffic. It's showing signs of deterioration and rutting, and needs to be resurfaced. A new surface will help reduce annual maintenance, repair costs and keep the freeway open for daily drivers and freight haulers.

The End Result
This project will extend the useful life of the pavement and improve safety for the approximately 144,000 drivers who use this stretch of Interstate 5 on a daily basis.

Project Benefits
This project will extend the useful life of the pavement for approximately 20 years.

What is the project timeline?
Fall/Winter 2013: Project was designed.
April 2014: Project advertised for competitive bid.
July 2014: Estimated start date.
Fall 2014: Completion

Financial Information

This project is funded from the following Source:

                     Financial Data for PIN 300599L
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $4,578
Total $4,578

How can I get more information?
Ricky Bhalla
Project Engineer

Claudia Bingham Baker
WSDOT Communications

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