Pierce County construction

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This page was updated on: Nov. 20, 2018 

Read the latest on the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction at the WSDOT Blog.

New ramp to southbound I-5 in Tacoma opens

Travelers who use Interstate 705, State Route 7 and Pacific Avenue to reach southbound I-5 now have a shorter detour in place to reach southbound I-5. On Friday, Nov. 16, design-build contractor Skanska opened a temporary ramp that connects drivers coming from Tacoma’s city center to southbound I-5 at an earlier location near the SR 16 exit.

Opening this new ramp to southbound I-5 allowed crews to remove temporary tubular markers that, for six months, have restricted eastbound SR 16 drivers from accessing the west side of South 38th Street. By removing the temporary markers, drivers will have access to both east and west South 38th Street from all directions of I-5 and SR 16.

Read more about this work on the WSDOT Blog.

Temporary ramp to southbound I-5 for Tacoma city center drivers

McKinley Way overpass now open

After a two-year closure, a key downtown Tacoma thoroughfare, the McKinley Way overpass, reopened on Friday, Nov. 16, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The new bridge opened to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. One sidewalk remains closed for continued construction. Drivers may see single lane closures or flaggers at the intersection of East McKinley Way and East D Street on occasion while crews finish the sidewalk and adjacent retaining wall work.

The new overpass sports two 10-foot-wide sidewalks, two six-foot-wide bicycle paths, a median and a left-turn lane. The original McKinley Way configuration had narrower 6-foot-wide sidewalks and had no dedicated bicycle lanes, median or turn lane. A diagram of the before and after design is available online. Read the full news release on the WSDOT web page.

I-5/South 38th Street intersection 

  • Updated information on the I-5/South 38th Street interchange work was announced Friday, Oct. 5. This work has been postponed until 2019. 

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 132.8 - 134.4
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project rebuilds Pacific Avenue and McKinley Way bridges spanning I-5. It builds a new northbound SR 7/I-705 bridge, and widens I-5 to accommodate northbound and southbound HOV lanes from M Street to the vicinity of the L Street bridge.
Project web page

I-5 - SR 16 Realignment - HOV Structure and Connections
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 - Northbound HOV
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 134 - 136
Contacts: Chuck Meade, 360-412-3420
Description: This project, now complete, built new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and Fife, and a new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.
Project web page

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule
Night lane closures

  • Overnight single- and double-lane closures are scheduled for both directions of Interstate 5 between South 48th Street in Tacoma and Fife.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

Monday, Nov. 19

  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • The new temporary ramp for Tacoma city center drivers going to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday. 

Tuesday, Nov. 20

  • Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • Contractor crews finishing the I-5/M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project are performing concrete repairs and finishing storm pond work and the second sidewalk on the McKinley Way overpass. 
  • Contractor crews are also 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. 

Temporary southbound I-5 configuration at SR 16 through early 2019
Design build contactor Skanska has moved all lanes of southbound I-5 onto a new temporary lane configuration so crews can begin demolishing and rebuilding southbound I-5 at the SR 16 interchange. The temporary configuration is expected to remain in place through 2018. Here is what drivers need to know:

  • Drivers on southbound I-5 headed to westbound SR 16 will merge to the right between Pacific Avenue and Yakima Avenue to reach the exit to SR 16. This is the same location where drivers currently merge. We mention this because you won't be able to merge over to westbound SR 16 at the last minute. Drivers who miss SR 16 exit can continue on southbound I-5 and exit at S. 56th Street east to northbound I-5 to SR 16.

Changes made to southbound I-5 lanes in Fife

Travelers who use southbound Interstate approaching 54th Avenue East in Fife are seeing the following new lane designations:

  • WSDOT shortened the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restriction so it opens to all traffic further north, near the Fife curve. Crews also restriped the right lane of southbound I-5 to designate it as an exit only to 54th Avenue East.
  • This temporary striping change will remain in place until the I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project is complete. The design-build project will begin in early 2019. 


Pierce County Construction    

I-5 - Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. to Thorne Lane - Corridor Improvements
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:

  • Nightly shoulder and lane closures on both directions of I-5 in the project limits, and at Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane interchanges each night, Monday - Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
  • No work scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving holiday.

SR 16, Union Ave to Jackson Ave. - ADA Ramps
SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 1.9 to 3.5
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3000
Description: Crews will replace existing curb ramps and upgrade crosswalk signs.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

SR 410, Buckley - Rebuild Signal
410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6-21.4
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6700
Description: Contractor crews will replace three existing signals at the SR 410 intersections of Mundy Loss Road, Main Street and Park Avenue with new mast arm signal systems using current technology and equipment. Crews will also rebuild sidewalk ramps at the intersections of SR 410 and Main Street and Park Avenue.
Work Schedule: Work has been temporarily suspended for materials. Once work resumes, construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No work is scheduled on Fridays or weekends. Shoulder closure on both directions of SR 410 at Mundy Loss Road, Park Avenue and Main Street. Drivers will also see occasional overnight lane closures.

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 will close to all traffic from May 21, 2018 through February 2019.
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 for the week of Nov. 12
Project web page.

Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Steve McIntyre, 360-357-2655
Description: The SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge has been permanently closed due to settlement observed in one if its piers. A detour is in effect using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165.
Work Schedule: Closed until further notice.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.6 to 11.6
Contact: David Evans, 360-570-6746
Description: Peninsula Light is relocating various utilities in preparation for the SR 302 Minters Creeks fish passage project. Overnight drivers will see shoulder closures and may encounter a one way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday, through Nov. 30.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.7
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews for RailWorks Track Systems will replace a damaged track signal. Drivers will encounter a northbound right shoulder closure. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. 

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 7.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sign installation. The eastbound right shoulder will be closed.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

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.