Pierce County construction

View 2018-2019 Pierce County construction map (pdf 340 kb)

This page was updated on: Wed, Aug. 21, 2019

Changes at the I-5 and SR 16 interchange 

  • Southbound I-5 is now on its final alignment at the SR 16 interchange.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street is now an exit only ramp.
  • The temporary traffic shift on eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 at Union Avenue has been removed. Drivers no longer need to merge left three lanes to access southbound I-5, and instead stay to the right to access southbound I-5. There are new decision points for travelers headed to southbound I-5 drivers need to take note of:
    • Eastbound SR 16 and South Sprague Avenue drivers going to southbound I-5 are now using a new dedicated ramp to southbound I-5
    • Eastbound SR 16 to South 38th Street is now permanently an exit only ramp.
    • The Eastbound and Westbound South 38th Street dedicated ramps are back open.

In the coming weeks, crews will begin opening the HOV connections between the two highways. More information will be released once it's available.

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.

  • Overnight Friday, June 28, design-build contractor Guy F. Atkinson construction moved three lanes of southbound I-5 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 now also see temporary changes.
    • 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.
  • This video describes what lanes travelers need to be in so they can 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:

  • A segment of 20th Street East in Fife is closed near I-5 to all traffic around the clock through August 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 closures:

  • Drivers can expect to see overnight single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to Yakima Avenue each night. All lanes reopen by 4:30 a.m. each day.
  • Overnight single and double lane closures are scheduled on SR 16 near Sprague Avenue each night leading up to a traffic switch scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10.

Overnight ramp closures

Wednesday, Aug. 21

  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 56th Street will close from 11 p.m. to  5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Aug. 22

  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and I-705 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 will have a single lane closed starting at M Street to South 48th Street from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Aug. 23

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • One lane of the southbound I-5 c/d from Bay Street to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 8 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 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. 

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.
  • 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.
  • Typically, no two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.
  • No overnight ramp or lane closures are scheduled for the week of Aug. 19.

I-5 - Plum St to S Tacoma Way - Paving
Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 115.4
Contact: Doug Adamson, 360-357-2716
Description: Crews will repave sections of I-5 between Olympia and Tacoma. The project will repair three bridges in Thurston and Pierce Counties.
Work Schedule: Work on this project will resume following a curing process. Crews will return in roughly a month to install final lane striping. 

SR 7, North of Alder Rock Scaling
Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 23 to 25
Contact: Karen Boone, 360-570-6750
Description: Contractor crews will remove trees, rocks and brush to remove the opportunity for that material to fall onto SR 7 between LaGrande and Alder. For the safety of the crews and the traveling public, this work must be done during daylight hours.
Project webpage
Work Schedule:

  • Both directions of SR 7 will close each day, Monday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • On Friday's, SR 7 may have alternating one-way traffic from 6 a.m. to noon, controlled by flaggers.
  • No work is allowed from noon Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.
  • Local access will be provided up to the work zone. The contractor will reopen SR 7 to traffic between mileposts 23 and 25 during overnight hours.
  • During daytime hours, drivers will follow a 10-mile detour adding approximately 10 minutes of additional travel time through Eatonville using SR 161 and the Alder Cutoff Road East.

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.
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 oudated fish barrier culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures and repaves nearly 8 miles of highway along 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. The greatest traffic impact will be 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: 

  • Beginning 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26 contractor crews will begin efforts to clear and establish a work zone near Minter Creek to build the bypass. Drivers should expect weekday daytime lane and shoulder closures as work progresses.

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. Daytime drivers will see a single lane closure in the southbound direction controlled by a pilot car.
Work Schedule: Monday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., crews will install guardrail approach pads. .

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: 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: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 120 to 139.5
Contact: Russ Carpenter, 360-357-2672
Description: Refreshing the shoulder striping on both directions of I-5. Overnight drivers will see a mobile operation, with alternating right and left lane closures.
Work Schedule: Each night from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. from Monday, Aug. 19 to Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 125 to 127
Contact: Caleb Cutler, 360-589-2654
Description: Traffic data sensor repair. Overnight drivers will see up to two lanes closed on both directions of I-5 between Gravelly Lake Drive and SR 512.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each night staring Thursday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Aug. 23.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9
Contact: Lauren McLaughlin, 206-455-1176
Description: Toll equipment maintenance on the eastbound SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 24th Street NW on-ramp to eastbound SR 16 will close along with all three of the eastbound Good To Go! electronic toll lanes. Traffic will be routed through the manual toll booths during the closures.
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 5-9
Contact: Cara Mitchell, 360-357-2703
Description: WSDOT bridge crews will inspect approximately 60 feet of suspension cables located on the westbound SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge. This work requires around-the-clock closure of westbound SR 16 HOV lane. 
Work Schedule:

  • From 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, two lanes will be closed starting at Jackson Avenue while crews set up the containment system.
  • One lane will be reopen at 11 a.m., but the westbound HOV lane will remain closed throughout the month-long work.
  • Westbound SR 16 HOV drivers will use one of the three general purpose lanes over the 1950 Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
  • Traffic on the newer 2007 Tacoma Narrows Bridge (eastbound SR 16) will not be affected.
  • A second double lane closure at the end of the work.
  • The work, which requires dry weather, is expected to be complete at the end of August.

Highway: SR 99 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 6.1
Contact: Russ Carpenter, 360-357-2672
Description: Refresh the striping on both directions of SR 99 in Milton and Fife.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 to 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 6 to 11
Contact: Russ Carpenter, 360-357-2672
Description: Refreshing the edge line striping on both directions of SR 167.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 to 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 13-15
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Asplund working for Peninsula Light will remove vegatation under existing power lines on both directions of SR 302 from Creviston Dr. NW to Goldman Dr. NW. Daytime drivers will see one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 21 through Oct. 4. No work will occur on Friday, Aug. 30 or Monday, Sept. 2.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 3.8
Contact: Russ Carpenter, 360-357-2672
Description: Refreshing the edge lines on both directions of SR 509 in Tacoma.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 to 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 12
Contact: Jeremy Combes, 360-357-2672
Description: Replacing recessed pavement markings on both directions of SR 512, from Tacoma to Puyallup. Overnight drivers will see single lane closures for a mobile operation.
Work Schedule: Each night from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 19-29.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 12
Contact: Russ Carpenter, 360-357-2672
Description: Refreshing highway edge lines on both directions of SR 512 from Tacoma to Puyallup.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 to 6:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Highway: SR 702 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 7.7 to 8
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Tacoma Power removing vegetation under existing power lines. Daytime drivers will see one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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.