SR 167 Completion Project

Project news

  • Surplus clean fill dirt from other large construction projects is being stockpiled for future use for the SR 167 Project. The fill dirt is being stockpiled on WSDOT right of way near the Puyallup Recreation Center. This and future deliveries of approved fill dirt will help reduce project costs.
  • The first stage of SR 167 construction will begin in 2019 and the process of selecting a contractor starts this fall.
  • Meet us at Sound Transit’s Tacoma Dome Link Extension open houses on September 19 and at the City of Fife’s Harvest Festival on October 6 to learn what’s next for the SR 167 Completion Project.
  • We’ll be talking with contractors interested in building the SR 167 Completion Project at WSDOT’s regional contracting event at South Seattle Community College on October 2 and the Regional Contracting Forum at McCaw Hall on October 9.
  • The project is continuing real estate acquisitions for the needed right of way for the planned improvements. If you have specific questions about property to be purchased for the SR 167 Completion Project, please contact Allen Partin, the project real estate manager, at partinc@wsdot.wa.gov or (360) 357-2718.

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.

SR 167 is the primary freeway connecting the Kent and Puyallup River valleys to the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue metropolitan area. The original planned route for the highway ran from Renton to Tacoma, but construction halted near Puyallup in the 1980s before the freeway could be completed to Tacoma. This new highway segment when completed will provide two general purpose lanes in each direction between Puyallup and I-5, and one lane in each direction between I-5 and the Port of Tacoma.

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.

The SR 167 project is a critical missing link in the state's highway network. Its completion will benefit the movement of freight, while improving safety and reducing congestion on local roads and highways in the surrounding area.

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. Improves safety and manages congestion with tolling.
  • Multi modal 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

SR 167 was funded over a 16-year timeline. Based on the funding plan under Connecting Washington, major construction for a first stage would likely begin in 2019, and a second stage would begin in 2025. The first stage of construction on SR 167 will begin at NE 70th Avenue and I-5.

Funding

  • Connecting Washington: $841 million
  • Local Funding: $70 million
  • Toll Funds: $95 million
  • Total: $1,006 million

Contact

Steve Fuchs
Project Manager
360-357-2623

Amy Danberg
Public Information
206-962-9635

Project map of future construction on SR 167

Construction of this project will extend SR 167 from its junction with SR 161 to SR 509.
 

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