SR 167 Completion Project

Project news

  • Construction on Stage 1a of the SR 167 Completion Project has been suspended until at least May 4 as a result of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. This is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to protect the lives and health of our loved ones, families, coworkers and neighbors during the COVID-19 outbreak. We expect to begin pile driving for the new 70th Avenue East bridge foundation once construction resumes. Final design work continues, which will help us stay on schedule when construction begins again. For more information on the construction timeline visit the SR 167/70th Avenue Bridge page.
  • Design work continues on our Stage 1b project, which will construct a new SR 167/I-5 interchange and a two-mile extension of the SR 167 corridor between I-5 and SR 509. We have made significant progress towards obtaining our environmental permits and we have recently initiated our contractor selection process. We expect to begin construction on the extension and interchange in early 2022 and to open it to traffic in late 2025.

Needs & benefits

The SR 167 Completion Project will build the remaining four miles of SR 167 between Meridian and I-5, completing a long-planned connection to I-5. The Project also includes a two mile connection from I-5 to the Port of Tacoma.

The SR 167 Completion Project is a critical missing link in the state's highway network. SR 167 is the primary freeway connecting the Kent and Puyallup River valleys to the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue metropolitan area. Its completion will benefit the movement of freight, while improving safety and reducing congestion on local roads and highways in the surrounding area.

When completed, drivers will see a divided highway with access points at interchanges in key locations: SR 509, 54th Avenue, I-5, Valley Avenue East and SR 161.

Check out our video about the SR 167 Completion Project to learn about the project’s benefits and get a glimpse of what it will look like when it’s completed.

Project benefits

  • Freight connections. Completes critical freight links between the Port of Tacoma and the manufacturing and industrial areas in Pierce County. 
  • Regional mobility. Reduces congestion on local roads and highways by providing improved east-west travel.
  • Intelligent transportation. Electronic tolling on the route will manage congestion, which improves safety and reliability for all users.
  • Multimodal connections. Connects walking/biking trails, including the Interurban Trail.
  • Environmental enhancements. Restores wildlife and aquatic habitat, improves water quality, and provides connectivity to local pedestrian trails.
  • Regional job and economic growth. Supports regional job growth and economic growth associated with the state's two largest ports.

Timeline

The SR 167 Completion Project was originally funded over a 16-year timeline with targeted completion in 2031. The state Legislature advanced Program funding in the 2019 session, moving project completion to 2028.

  • Stage 1a: Constructs a new four-lane 70th Avenue East bridge over I-5 in Fife; work begins in early 2020 and will take about 18 months to complete.
  • Stage 1b: Constructs two miles of new highway between I-5 and the Port of Tacoma begins in 2021 and will take five years to complete.
  • Stage 2: Constructs four miles of new highway between Meridian Avenue and I-5 as well as several new interchanges; construction begins in early 2024 and will take four and a half years to complete.

Funding

Gateway Program funding totals $1.96 billion from four sources: 1) $1.57 billion from the Connecting Washington funding package; 2) $130 million from local contributions; 3) $180 million from tolling; and 4) WSDOT is seeking federal grant funding. The SR 167 Completion Project will receive about $1 billion of the Program’s total funds.

Contact

Steve Fuchs
Project Manager
360-357-2623

Chris Hoffman
Public Information
206-387-2050

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