Pierce County construction

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This page was updated on: Friday, July 12, 2019

Nighttime paving slated for I-5 in Lakewood

Nighttime travelers can expect two nights of pavement repair that will require lane closures at the Interstate 5/State Route 512 interchange this weekend. Both northbound and southbound I-5 will reduce to one lane, and the northbound I-5 exit to SR 512 will close. Northbound drivers will follow a signed detour to Bridgeport Way to SR 99 and South Tacoma Way to SR 512.   This important work will help preserve the highway. Overnight travelers are encouraged to plan for additional travel time. 

 Saturday, July 13 to Sunday, July 14

  • 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. – single lane closure
  • 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. – double lane closure and ramp closure
  • 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. – triple lane closure/I-5 reduced to a single lane.
  • All lanes and ramp will reopen by 8 a.m. Sunday

Sunday, July 14 to Monday, July 15

  • 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – single lane closure
  • 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. – double lane closure and ramp closure
  • 11:59 a.m. to 4 a.m. – triple lane closure/I-5 reduced to a single lane.
  • All lanes and ramp will reopen by 4 a.m. Monday

The single lane will be narrower than usual with a reduced speed limit of 35 mph

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.

Northbound I-5 ramp meters activated July 9

On Tuesday, July 9, WSDOT will begin metering traffic entering northbound I-5 at the following locations:

  • East 28th Street
  • Port of Tacoma Road
  • 54th Avenue East

Once activated, traffic engineers will monitor and adjust the metering rate as necessary. Ramp meters are traffic signals that operate according to real-time conditions on both the highway and the ramp. These ramp meters are being activated in an effort to provide travelers a more reliable trip during peak commute hours.

Traffic revision at Tacoma's South 38th Street

  • Southbound I-5 and eastbound SR 16 drivers exiting to South 38th Street can turn right or left at the top of the ramp. Traffic at the top of the ramp is now controlled by a temporary traffic signal.
  • The southbound I-5 ramp to westbound South 38th Street is now closed for reconstruction.
  • Travelers coming from I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue are now shifted onto one lane across the new southbound I-5 bridge. From there, drivers now have the opportunity to exit to South 38th Street or continue to southbound I-5.
Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 after eastbound S. 38th Street reopens

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Changes for eastbound SR 16 travelers to southbound I-5 through July

WSDOT contractor Skanska has implemented a traffic shift  for eastbound SR 16 travelers headed to southbound I-5.

  • Drivers on eastbound SR 16 going to southbound I-5 need to merge left after Union Avenue to reach southbound I-5.
  • From there, they will follow the signs to southbound I-5 and travel across newly built HOV lanes that have been temporarily striped as general purpose lanes.
  • There is no change for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5. 
  • The South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 is also closed through July.
  • The closures allow crews to rebuild the southbound collector/distributor lane that runs between eastbound State Route 16 and southbound I-5, and the South 38th Street ramps. Signed detours will be in place. 
Eastbound SR 16 to SB I-5 temporary alignment in April 2019

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South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 closed for construction

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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 July 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.  There will be short durations when 20th Street East will re-open to traffic during this approximate 45 day period. Local closure signs will be updated accordingly.

Overnight lane closures:

  • Both directions of I-5 will see overnight lane closures between McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road. Northbound lane closures will start at 9:30 p.m. with all lanes reopening by 4 a.m.  Southbound lane closures will start at 9 p.m. with all lanes reopening by 6 a.m. 

Overnight ramp closures:

 

Friday, July 12

  • Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, July 13

  • Bay Street/28th Street on-Ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Monday, July 15

  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Tuesday, July 16

  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Wednesday, July 17

  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Thursday, July 18

  • Northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Friday, July 19

  • Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 will close from 10 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. To do this work, southbound I-5 traffic is shifted onto a temporary alignment.  Crews are moving into a new stage of construction that rebuilds the eastbound SR 16 collector/distributor lanes to southbound I-5. Crews are refreshing the lane striping as weather allows.

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: 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:

  • 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.
  • No two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

Monday, July 15

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 will reduce to a single-lane from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 16

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 17

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 18

  • ​Southbound I-5 will reduce to a single-lane from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • Northbound I-5 will reduce to a single-lane from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Friday, July 19

  • Northbound I-5 will reduce to a single-lane from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

 

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 also repair three bridges in Thurston and Pierce Counties. Two bridges carry vehicles on I-5 in Olympia and Nisqually. The third bridge is Vickery Avenue over SR 512 in Parkland. 
Work Schedule: Overnight Thursday, July 11, and Friday, July 12, northbound and southbound I-5 near SR 512 in Lakewood will be reduced to a single lane. Lane closures begin at 7 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday and by 7 a.m. Saturday. The northbound I-5 exit to SR 512 will also close at 9 p.m. Northbound I-5 travelers wishing to go to SR 512 will follow a signed detour to Bridgeport Way to SR 99/South Tacoma Way to SR 512. 

SR 7, North of Alder Rock Scaling
Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 23 to 25
Contact: Brian Whilehouse, 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:

  • Beginning July 15, 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 will 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. During the week of July 8, crews are installing signs and pavement markings.
Work Schedule:

  • Daytime shoulder closures on both northbound and southbound SR 7.
  • Overnight single lane closures on both directions of SR 7.
  • Work is taking 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 will install a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley late summer 2019. The 82-year-old bridge was closed to traffic in August 2018 after settlement was observed in one of its piers. A detour is in place using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
Work Schedule: Construction on the temporary crossing will begin late summer 2019. Drivers will continue to use the detour until the bridge reopens later that fall. 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 fish barrier culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures and repaves nearly 7 miles of highway along with ADA improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Work Schedule: During construction, drivers should expect daytime lane and shoulder closures, extended weekend closures, extended on- and off-ramp closures and up to a full, week long closure of the Purdy Spit for deck repairs.  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. Overnight drivers will see a single lane closure in the southbound direction controlled by a pilot car.
Work Schedule: Single lane paving from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11.

SR 507, BCT Replacement and Roadside Safety
Highway: SR 507 Region: Olympic County: Pierce   Location: Milepost(s) 41
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
Description: Safety improvements on SR 507 near Spanaway. One lane alternating traffic will be in place controlled by flagging operation.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

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: 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.
Project web page.

 
Pierce County Maintenance


Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 38.1 - 38.3
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Single lane closure in both directions with flaggers for overnight pavement repairs.
Work Schedule: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 to 5 a.m. Thursday, July 18. 

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 43.1 - 43.3
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Single lane closure in both directions with flaggers for overnight pavement repairs. 
Work Schedule: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18 to 5 a.m. Friday, July 19.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2 to 12
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Mowing the median on SR 512. Drivers may see a rolling slow down to mobilize mower into the median and around bridge areas.
Work Schedule: Each day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24 through July 19. 

Special events

Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0.8 to 8.8
Contact: Dawn Lindsey, 360-704-3227
Description: Intermittent closures of the SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge pedestrian path, Scott Pierson Trail and intersections of Jackson Avenue, Union Avenue and Orchard Street interchanges for the Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon. Law enforcement will be directing traffic with flaggers.
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

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.