Pierce County construction

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This page was updated on: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

New southbound I-5 auxiliary lane opens; lane closure begins in Tacoma

As early as Saturday, Sept. 21, WSDOT's contractor Skanska will open a new southbound I-5 auxiliary lane from South 38th Street to South 56th Street in Tacoma. The new lane will give South 38th Street travelers a dedicated lane to merge onto southbound I-5.

At the same time, crews will temporarily close the far left lane of southbound I-5 from South 38th Street to South 56th Street. This closure creates a median work zone allowing crews to construct two HOV sign structures, one of the final steps towards opening HOV connections between I-5 and SR 16. The left lane closure will be in place, around-the-clock, for approximately six weeks or until the work is finished. During this work: 

  • Southbound I-5 past the Tacoma Mall will have three general purpose lanes open, plus the new auxiliary lane.
  • The collector/distributor ramp at South 56th Street will become a temporary through lane.
  • Drivers can expect to see delays in this area during regular commute hours.

Construction on I-5 in Tacoma approaching the Puyallup River

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 underway for southbound I-5 in Fife and Tacoma that drivers need to be aware of. This video describes what lanes travelers need to be in so they can reach their destinations. 

  • Southbound I-5 drivers exiting to State Route 167, Bay Street and Portland Avenue will need to stay in the right lane near Port of Tacoma Road to reach exit 135;
  • Port of Tacoma Road drivers headed to southbound I-5 will follow the same temporary collector/distributor lane across the old southbound I-5 bridge to rejoin southbound I-5;
  • Southbound I-5 travelers headed to Tacoma’s city center, SR 16 or Olympia will use one of the three left lanes near Port of Tacoma Road to reach their destinations.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 from East McKinley Way to the exit of SR 167 are now shifted towards the center of the highway. This traffic shift creates a work zone allowing construction crews to widen northbound I-5, remove the last section of the East L Street overpass, and replace the original roadway surface.

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


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 to 133
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

City street closures:

  • Drivers who use 20th Street East in Fife will see daytime alternating one-way traffic from Earling Street to the Praxair driveway each day, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Overnight lane closures:

  • The left lane of the southbound I-5 exit 132 to westbound SR 16 will close from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.
  • The right lane of southbound I-5 near South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.
  • One lane of the eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 between Sprague Avenue to M Street will close from 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 to 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
  • A single left lane on both directions of SR 16 from Union Avenue to Sprague Avenue will close from 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 to 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
  • Three left lanes of southbound I-5 will close from South 38th Street to South 56th Street from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Overnight ramp closures

Monday, Sept. 16 through Thursday Sept. 19

  • Southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street will close each night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to South 38th Street will close each night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Friday, Sept. 20

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to South 38th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • South 38th Street onramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • On I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and East L Street, contractor crews are building a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge, widening I-5 and replacing the East L Street overpass.
  • Contractor crews are finishing new direct connect HOV lanes  between SR 16 and I-5 in Tacoma, and a new auxiliary lane on southbound I-5 between South 38th Street and South 56th Street.

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: Brian Whitehouse, 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.
  • Typically, no two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

Monday, Sept. 16 to Thursday Sept. 19

  • Lane closures on southbound and northbound I-5 each night beginning at 8:30 p.m. with all lanes reopening by 4:30 a.m. each following day. Up to two lanes will close. Work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled. The overnight lane closures allow crews to create a median work zone that is needed to advance the project into a new stage of construction.

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: 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.

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. 
Work Schedule: The project is in temporary suspension. Once resumed, work will take place at the following locations: 

  • milepost 52.12 at Violet Meadows Street
  • Milepost 51.96  at 118th Street S.
  • milepost 51.57 at 124th Street S.
  • milepost 50.95 at 134th Street S.
  • milepost 50.41 at 143rd Street S.
  • milepost 49.63 at 155th Street S.
  • milepost 49.19 at 162nd Street S.
  • milepost 48.55 at 173rd Street S.
  • milepost 48.08 at 180th Street S.
  • milepost 47.83 at 184th 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 are installing a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley. A detour is in place using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
Work Schedule:  Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 23 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers on State Route 162 (Pioneer Way) and Mundy Loss Road. Trail users below the bridge can expect 5-10 minute delays as crews remove existing guardrail on the bridge deck.
Project webpage.

SR 163 N of N 54th Street to Pt Defiance Landing - Paving
Highway: SR 163 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 3.15 to 3.37
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6750
Description: Contractor crews will repair the roadway surface between North 54th Street and the Point Defiance Ferry terminal, expand the ferry holding lanes from two lanes to four, and install upgrades to the tolling communication system for Washington State Ferries.
Work Schedule: Overnight, flaggers will direct one-way alternating traffic between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each Sunday through Thursday. While the Point Defiance/Tahlequah ferry route is in operation, access to the tollbooth will not be restricted, and flaggers will give priority to offloading ferry traffic. No work scheduled over Labor Day weekend.
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 outdated culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures, repaves 8 miles of SR 302, and rebuilds sidewalks and ramps at the intersections of SR 302 and SR 302 (Spur) through SR 302 and 94th Avenue to comply with the Americans with Disability Act and improve access for all travelers. Drivers can expect up to three weekend closures of the SR 302 Purdy Spit for bridge deck repairs scheduled for summer 2020. The bridge deck work will take place day and night. A signed detour will be in place during construction. Paving and deck repairs will require warm, dry weather conditions. Paving operations will occur overnight, when traffic volumes are less.

Work Schedule: 

  • One-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 20. 

Project webpage.

Pierce County project: 62nd Avenue NW / 144th Street NW
Contact: Pierce County, 253-798-6913
Description: Pierce County Public Works is making improvements to 62nd Avenue NW near 144th Street affecting travelers using the nearby SR 302 Purdy Bridge. 
Project webpage

SR 410 - Traffic Ave Interchange Improvements
Contact: Andrew Leach, City of Sumner, 253-299-5709
Description: Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, the City of Sumner will begin construction to reconfigure two intersections and add travel lanes plus multi-modal lanes across SR 410 on Traffic Avenue. Once complete, the improvements will streamline the movement of vehicles, freight, pedestrians and bicycles safely and efficiently while encouraging ridership on Sound Transit and support for South Sound businesses. 
Work Schedule:

  • Traffic Avenue will be closed in both directions September 16-October 4, Monday through Friday, each night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day. It will remain open on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
  • One lane in each direction on SR 410 will close under the Traffic Avenue overpass each night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day, September 16 through 20.

Project web page

Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 139.5 - 139.3
Direction: Southbound
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Repair guardrail on southbound I-5 in Milton. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 to 4 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.  

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 130.8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Replacing a section of wall dividing northbound I-5 from the collector-distributor at the South 56th Street interchange. Drivers will see a shoulder closure on northbound I-5 and on the collector/distributor.
Work Schedule: Thursday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 130
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: North park and ride lot closed for landscaping and maintenance at South 56th Street and South Alaska Street in Tacoma. South park and ride lot at this location will remain open.
Work Schedule: 12:01 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 through 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.  

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 58.1 - 58.3
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Asphalt repair on northbound SR 7 between East 38th Street and I-5. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane through the work zone.
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 53.3 - 48
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Vegetation management on both directions of SR 7 in Parkland and Spanaway. A shoulder closure will be in place.
Work Schedule: Each day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 through Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 23.6 - 23.7
Contact: Cara Mitchell, 360-357-2703
Description: Temporary speed limit reduction from 50 mph to 25 mph in place until further notice. WSDOT crews are monitoring the hillside after recent rains bought small debris onto the shoulder. Drivers are advised to pay attention in work zones.
Work Schedule: Beginning Sept. 12, around-the-clock until further notice.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 17.1 - 17.2
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: NorthSky Communications working for CenturyLink will drill along a portion of SR 7 to install a fiber optic line in Elbe. The northbound shoulder will be closed.
Work Schedule: Weekdays starting Sept. 16 through Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 39.2 - 39.8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Remove dead trees from right-of-way adjacent to SR 7 near 296th Street East. Daytime drivers will see alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers at the intersection. This work must be performed during daytime hours.
Work Schedule: Monday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 4 to 8.5
Contact: Caleb Cutler, 360-589-2654
Description: Traffic data repairs on westbound SR 16 from Pearl Street to Gig Harbor. The two right lanes will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 to 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Highway: SR 165 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 16.0 - 16.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on southbound SR 165 near Wilkeson. Drivers will see alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 3:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 5 - 1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Vegetation management on both directions of SR 167. The shoulder close for a mobile operation.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 10.7
Contact: Jeff Hastings 253-983-7550
Description: Replace an overhead street sign on northbound SR 167 near Steward Road. The northbound shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: Monday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 13 to 15
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Asplundh tree experts working for Peninsula Light will be doing routine vegetation management beneath the existing power lines along SR 302. Alternating one-way traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: Each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 – Oct. 4. 

Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 16.8 - 19.6
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7570
Description: Mowing on eastbound SR 410 near 234th Avenue East. Drivers will see the shoulder closed.
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2 - 12
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Vegetation management in the center median on both directions of SR 512. The left lane will be closed for a mobile operation.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

Highway: I-705 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0.1 - 0.4
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Straighten jersey wall on northbound I-705. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 to 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Highway: SR 706 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.3 - 2.4
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: NorthSky Communications working for CenturyLink will be placing communications equipment adjacent to SR 706 near Park Junction Road. The westbound shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, Sept. 16 – 24.

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.