Pierce County construction

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This page was updated on: May 24, 2019 

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Southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge Traffic Switch

Construction on the last piece of the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV program that builds a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge is now underway. To do this work, some important changes are coming to southbound I-5 in Fife and Tacoma that drivers need to be aware of. In June, three lanes of southbound I-5 will temporarily shift on to the new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. Drivers who use Port of Tacoma Road to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 exit 135 to SR 167 and Portland Avenue will also see temporary changes. This video describes what lanes travelers need to be in so they can reach their destinations. 

A recent WSDOT blog post shares more information about the I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project.

Traffic revision at Tacoma's South 38th Street

  • Southbound I-5 and eastbound SR 16 drivers exiting to South 38th Street can turn right or left at the top of the ramp. Traffic at the top of the ramp is now controlled by a temporary traffic signal.
  • The southbound I-5 ramp to westbound South 38th Street is now closed for reconstruction.
  • Travelers coming from I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue are now shifted onto one lane across the new southbound I-5 bridge. From there, drivers now have the opportunity to exit to South 38th Street or continue to southbound I-5.
Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 after eastbound S. 38th Street reopens

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Changes for eastbound SR 16 travelers to southbound I-5 through June

WSDOT contractor Skanska has implemented a traffic shift  for eastbound SR 16 travelers headed to southbound I-5.

  • Drivers on eastbound SR 16 going to southbound I-5 need to merge left after Union Avenue to reach southbound I-5.
  • From there, they will follow the signs to southbound I-5 and travel across newly built HOV lanes that have been temporarily striped as general purpose lanes.
  • There is no change for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5. 
  • The South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 is also closed through June.
  • The closures allow crews to rebuild the southbound collector/distributor lane that runs between eastbound State Route 16 and southbound I-5, and the South 38th Street ramps. Signed detours will be in place. 
Eastbound SR 16 to SB I-5 temporary alignment in April 2019

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South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 closed for construction

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Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

I-5 - SR 16 Realignment - HOV Structure and Connections
Highway(s):
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) SR 16 0.1 to .7 I-5 130.9 to 133.5
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project is the final of a three stage effort to rebuild the Nalley Valley interchange. During the final phase, crews will build ramps that create new HOV lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The project will also realign I-5 to accommodate HOV ramps.
Project web page

I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Southbound HOV
Highway(s): I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 136 to133
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project is the final funded HOV project that builds a new southbound I-5 bridge across the Puyallup River and rebuilds the L Street overpass, and widens I-5 to install and complete the HOV system on I-5 in Tacoma.
Project web page

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule

Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 30, a segment 20th Street East in Fife a segment of 20th Street East will close near I-5 to all traffic around the clock through July 2019 while crews construct bridge piers for a new southbound I-5 bridge over the Puyallup River. During the closure, travelers will follow a signed detour using Port of Tacoma Road and Pacific Highway East.

Overnight lane and ramp closures:

Tuesday, May 28

  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. with all lanes reopening at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • State Route 167/Bay Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 29

  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. with all lanes reopening at 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, May 30

  • 54th Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. with all lanes reopening at 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, May 31

  • 54th Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • SR 167/Bay Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Portland Avenue/27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. with all lanes reopening at 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Overnight lane closures:

  • Drivers are advised to be prepared for up to three lanes closed on both directions of I-5 from 54th Avenue East in Fife to South 48th Street in Tacoma, and single lane closures on eastbound State Route 16 near South Sprague Avenue.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. during the week, and by 8 a.m. on weekends.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 4 a.m. during the week, and by 7 a.m. on weekends.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • On I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and East L Street, contractor crews are rebuilding the center median for a future traffic shift. Crews are removing the East L Street overpass and associated bridge piers.
  • Contractor crews are building a new alignment for southbound I-5 near the SR 16 interchange. The new alignment makes room for direct connect HOV lanes to be built between the two highways. To do this work, southbound I-5 traffic is shifted onto a temporary alignment.  Crews are moving into a new stage of construction that reubilds the eastbound SR 16 collector/distributor lanes to southbound I-5. Crews are refreshing the lane striping as weather allows.

 

Pierce County Construction    

I-5 - Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. to Thorne Lane - Corridor Improvements
Highway:
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 120-124
Contact: Chuck Meade, 360-412-3420
Description: WSDOT is rebuilding the interchanges at Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street, and adding general purpose and auxiliary lanes to I-5.
Project web page
Work Schedule:

  • Daytime shoulder closures on both directions of I-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the project limits.
  • Overnight single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 each night from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following day.
  • No two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday May 29

  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each following day.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each following day.

Thursday, May 30

  • Southbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each following day.

Thursday, June 6

  • ​Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Construction activity on Union Avenue in Tillicum

  • Crews are now closing a single lane of Union Avenue between Thorne Lane and Spruce Street each day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  During the work hours, traffic will be controlled by flaggers while crews perform earth work activities associated with the new Thorne Lane overpass.

 

SR7, BCT Replacement and Roadside Safety
Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 30
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
Description: Safety improvements on SR 7 near Eatonville. One lane alternating traffic will be in place controlled by flagging operation.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

SR 7, Pedestrian Crossing - Safety Improvement
Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 47.55 to 52.12
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6752
Description: Contractor crews are improving pedestrian crossings at six locations on State Route 7 in Spanaway and Parkland by installing rapid flashing beacons. During the week of May 20, crews are installing conduit, setting J-boxes, forming and pouring curbs and sidewalks.
Work Schedule:

  • Right lane closure on northbound SR 7 each day, May 28 to May 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:01 p.m.
  • Right lane closure on southbound SR 7 each day, May 28 through May 30, from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Work is taking place at the following locations:
    • milepost 52.12 at Violet Meadows Street
    • milepost 51.57 at 124th Street S.
    • milepost 50.41 at 143rd Street S.
    • milepost 49.19 at 162nd Street S.
    • milepost 48.08 at 180th Street S.
    • milepost 47.55 at 188th Street S.


SR 162, Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Bridge
Highway: 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Tina Werner, 360-704-3270
Description: Contractor crews will install a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley late summer 2019. The 82-year-old bridge was closed to traffic in August 2018 after settlement was observed in one of its piers. A detour is in effect using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
Work Schedule: Construction on the temporary crossing will begin late summer 2019. Drivers will continue to use the detour until the bridge reopens later that fall. Project webpage.

SR 302 - E of Elgin Clifton Rd to SR 16 - Remove Fish Barriers, Paving and ADA Compliance
Highway: 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.8 to 16.9
Contact: Tina Werner, 360-704-3270
Description: This project removes and replaces three fish barrier culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures and repaves nearly 7 miles of highway along with ADA improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Work Schedule: During construction, drivers should expect daytime lane and shoulder closures, extended weekend closures, extended on- and off-ramp closures and up to a full, weeklong closure of the Purdy Spit for deck repairs.  Project webpage.

SR 507, N of Rainier to Jct 7 - Paving
Highway: SR 507 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce, Thurston  Location: Milepost(s) 23.70 to 43.57
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6750
Description: Contractor crews will repave the roadway surface of SR 507 from Rainier in Thurston County to SR 7 near Spanaway in Pierce County. Overnight drivers will see a single lane closure in the southbound direction coltrolled by a pilot car.
Work Schedule: Single lane closures each night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday, May 28 through Friday May 31. 

SR 507, BCT Replacement and Roadside Safety
Highway: SR 507 Region: Olympic County: Pierce   Location: Milepost(s) 41
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
Description: Safety improvements on SR 507 near Spanaway. One lane alternating traffic will be in place controlled by flagging operation.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

City of Tacoma Puyallup River Bridge Replacement
Contact: Chris Storey, City of Tacoma Project Manager, 253-573-2484
Description: The City of Tacoma is removing and replacing three spans of the bridge west of the Puyallup River.
Work Schedule: The bridge closed to all traffic on May 21, 2018. Check the project web page for the latest reopening date.
Project web page

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: Laurel McQuade, City of Fife, 253-922-9315
Description: City of Fife is underway Phase 1 of this project, which brings road, interchange and intersection improvements to the Port of Tacoma.
Work Schedule: No ramp closures are scheduled.
Project web page.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 26.9
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Install new sign on southbound SR 7 at the intersection of SR 161. The intersection will be controlled by flaggers during the work.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 30.  

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 58.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on northbound SR 7 in Tacoma. The right lane will close during the work.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 25.6
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin repair on southbound SR 161 approaching SR 512 in Puyallup. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 to 5 a.m. Saturday, June 1.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 21.6
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: A private contractor is installing a communications line on existing utility poles adjacent to southbound SR 161. No impacts to traffic.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, May 28. 

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.5
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: A contractor working for the City of Orting is installing a water main line across both directions of SR 162 near 178th Avenue East. Daytime drivers will see alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers and shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from 5/20 to 6/6. No work allowed on May 24 – 27 for Memorial Day weekend.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.6
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Cable barrier maintenance on westbound SR 512 in Puyallup. The left lane will close during the repair.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 to 5 a.m. Friday, May 31. 

Highway: I-705 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) .1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on the southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5. The A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and SR 7 will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 to 5 a.m. Thursday, May 30.
 

Slow down and Give 'em a Brake
Drivers are advised to give themselves extra travel time and become familiar with current ramp closures and detour routes on Interstate 5 in Tacoma before heading out the door. If you're driving at night, please slow down in work zones and avoid distracted driving. Help keep our work crews safe. Slow down, pay attention, and stay calm. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. They're there to improve the roads for everyone. It's a drivers' own interest to be safe in work zones. Statewide, more than 96 percent of people injured in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians.