Pierce County construction

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WSDOT recently combined our www.TacomaTraffic.com webpage and our Pierce County construction and maintenance report into one page. This way, viewers can see a complete picture of all the work taking place on state highways in Pierce County, on one page.

This page was last updated on: Sept. 25, 2018 


Changes coming to southbound I-5 lanes in Fife


Travelers who use southbound Interstate 5 will soon see changes to lane designations approaching 54th Avenue East in Fife.

  • Over the weekend of Sept. 7, Washington State Department of Transportation striping crews shortened the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restriction so it opens to all traffic further north, near the Fife curve.
  • As soon as the weather allows, crews will restripe 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. Drivers are encouraged to plan extra time as they travel through the work zones.

Daytime closure of SR 7 ramp in Tacoma continues

  • Contractor crews finishing the I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project will continue to close the southbound I-5 ramp to SR 7 during daytime hours from Monday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Sept. 28 for stormpond work.
  • The closure will begin each day after the morning commute at 9 a.m. and will be in place until 3 p.m. The ramp will reopen for the late afternoon and evening commute. The adjacent southbound I-5 ramp to I-705 will remain open.
  • This daytime ramp closure will be implemented as needed through the remainder of 2018. WSDOT will announce future daytime closures as are scheduled.

 
Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV
Highway:
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
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 - Northbound HOV
Highway:
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 134 - 136
Contacts: Chuck Meade, 360-412-3420
Description: This project builds 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, and on both directions of State Route 16 near South Sprague Avenue.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

Monday, Sept. 24

  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound 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.
  • Southbound I-705 and A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-705 and A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 will detour using the South 38th Street exit #132A, then back to southbound I-5 from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 will have two right lanes closed with intermittent rolling slowdowns near 38th Street from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 will detour using the South 38th Street exit #132A, then back to southbound I-5 from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound SR 7 and I-705 ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 will have two left lanes closed with intermittent rolling slowdowns between 48th Street and 38th Street from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lane to I-705 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Sept. 27

  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 will detour using the South 38th Street exit #132A, then back to southbound I-5 from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 will have two left lanes closed with intermittent rolling slowdowns between 48th Street and 38th Street from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 will detour to Portland Avenue to SR 509 to I-705 and back to southbound I-5 from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday

Friday, Sept. 28

  • Southbound I-705 and A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • The contractors widening I-5 in Tacoma to build new HOV lanes are working in very tight work zones. We allow contractor crews to close lanes and ramps at night when traffic volumes are lower. Often times the crews are mobilizing large pieces of equipment or bringing in several large trucks to haul out material or bring in new material. It's more efficient for these trucks to enter and exit the work zones at night with lower traffic volumes.

Major milestone: New northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opens to traffic
Crews working for WSDOT to build the I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Northbound HOV project have reached an important milestone in WSDOT's ongoing efforts to extend HOV lanes into Pierce County. All travelers on northbound I-5 are now driving across the new Puyallup River Bridge. Moving all traffic onto the new bridge marks the project's final major stage of construction. The project is expected to finish later this year. You can view photos of this project on the WSDOT Flickr account.

Temporary southbound I-5 configuration at SR 16 through 2018
Design build contactor Skanska has moved all lanes of southbound I-5 onto a new temporary lane configuration. Here is what drivers need to know about this temporary traffic shift:

Southbound I-5 to westbound SR 16

  • 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.

Eastbound SR 16, I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue to southbound I-5
Travelers on eastbound SR 16 and in downtown Tacoma headed to southbound I-5 will also experience a change in their normal route.

  • Drivers heading to southbound I-5 from I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue are directed onto the South 38th Street exit, and will rejoin southbound I-5 near South 48th Street via the collector/distributor.
  • Eastbound SR 16 travelers headed to the Tacoma Mall will not be able to exit to westbound South 38th Street. Drivers will be directed via southbound I-5 and exit at South 56th Street, and will be routed back north to westbound South 38th Street. See detour map below:

Map showing eastbound SR 16 to S 38th Street west detour

Photo of southbound I-5 traffic switch in Tacoma

View image on Flickr.

This traffic shift creates a new workzone so crews can begin demolishing and rebuilding southbound I-5 at the SR 16 interchange. Crews will also build the connecting HOV lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The temporary configuration is expected to remain in place through 2018.

Changes for the Eastbound SR 16 and S. 38th Street merge to northbound I-5

  • In early April 2018, contractor crews reduced the State Route 16 approach to northbound Interstate 5 to a single lane. This temporary change allows construction crews access to a workzone while they continue work on the project.
  • This ramp configuration has been in place previously and has caused delays. This temporary configuration will be in place through fall 2018 while crews finish the project. To help eastbound SR 16 and S. 38th Street travelers bypass some of the anticipated backups, WSDOT encourages drivers to try an alternate route that uses SR 7. More information about this route is available on WSDOT's YouTube video.

McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt

  • East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic while crews rebuild the overpass to accommodate a wider I-5. The new overpass is expected to reopen in fall 2018. Until the overpass is rebuilt, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to the rebuilt Pacific Avenue overpass. Rebuilding both overpasses is part of the effort to expand I-5 HOV lanes into Tacoma.

 
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: Nightly shoulder and lane closures on both directions of I-5 in the project limits, and at Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane interchanges for survey work. Closures hours are each night, Monday - Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

SR 16, Union Ave to Jackson Ave. - ADA Ramps
Highway:
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 167, Milwaukee Ave to S of Pierce Co Line – Paving
Highway: 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 5.7 – 10.6
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6700
Description: Contractor crews are repairing bridge joints and repaving southbound SR 167 and its associated ramps. Drivers can expect overnight lane and ramp closures during the project. Extra law enforcement will be on site for increased speed limit enforcement. For the week of Sept. 24, crews are installing permanent paving markings and recessed pavement markers. This work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled.
Work Schedule:

  • 11 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Friday each night through late summer.
  • Overnight ramp closures at the following ramps: 8th Street, 24th Street, SR 410 exit and eastbound SR 512 to southbound SR 167. No two ramps will be closed concurrently.

SR 410, Buckley - Rebuild Signal
Highway:
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: 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.

SR 410, White River Bridge - Painting
Highway: 410 Region: Northwest County: Pierce/King Location: Milepost(s) 21.9
Contact:Nicole Daniels, 206-440-4479
Description: Contractor crews are repainting this nearly 70 year-old bridge. Drivers can expect overnight delays of up to 30 minutes through out the summer.
Project webpage
Work Schedule:  For updated closure information, check the King County construction webpage.  

Pierce Transit SR 512 Park & Ride Construction
10617 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA
Contact: Pierce Transit, 253-581-8000
Description: On June 11, the SR 512 Park & Ride will close for approximately 4 months for repairs and improvements. During the project, Park & Ride stalls will be unusable. Details on alternative parking locations can be found online at: www.piercetransit.org/SR512/

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.
Project web page.

Tacoma Power Potlatch Lines Henderson Bay Crossing Rebuild
Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 15.6 to 15.7
Contact: Chris Gleason, Tacoma Power, 253-502-8222
Description: Tacoma Power is replacing infrastructure at Henderson Bay. Crews will dismantle old power line towers. Nighttime drivers will see alternating traffic controlled by flaggers..
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 to 12 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 136
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on southbound I-5 near the Port of Tacoma Road. The right lane will be closed.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 119
Contact: Janet Matkin, 360-705-7966
Description: Crews will install supplemental pavement markings and enhanced signage at the train tracks adjacent to I-5 and Steilacoom-DuPont Road. During work, drivers will not be able to access Steilacoom-DuPont Road, Wilmington Drive and Barksdale Avenue from I-5 at exit #119. Drivers exiting to Steilacoom-DuPont Road will detour to Center Drive exit #118 and follow a signed detour. Work is weather dependent.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28. 

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 23.4 to 23.8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on both directions of SR 7 north of Alder Lake. Alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers. 
Work Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25. 

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 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 19.8 to 20.5
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews for Comcast will install underground communication lines between 198th St E to 187 St E. Drivers will encounter a southbound shoulder closure during daytime hours. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct.19.

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 14.5
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: NorthSky Communications will place an overhead fiber optic line crossing SR 162 between Orting and South Prairie. Alternating one-way traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday Sept. 27.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.5 to 11.6
Contact: David Evans, 360-570-6746
Description: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each weeknight through Friday, Sept. 28. Some daytime work may be needed, but will not require lane closures.

Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 11.9 to 12.7
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Contractor crews for Puget Sound Energy will conduct routine vegetation management beneath power lines.  Drivers will encounter a westbound right shoulder closure. 
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.8 to 3
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: A Local asphalt company will conduct pavement repairs that will temporarily close the left turn lane to Alexander Avenue East and the southbound right lane between Alexander Avenue East and the port of Tacoma Road. The southbound exit to Port of Tacoma Road will remain open.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) .5 to 1.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Barrier repair on both directions of SR 509 at the Puyallup River Bridge. The right lane will be closed.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 3 to 3.2
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on eastbound SR 512 near Golden Given Road East. Overnight drivers will see a right lane closed.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Special Events

Orting Red Hat Days Parade

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 9.5 to 29.6
Contact: Dawn Lindsey, 360-704-3227
Description: Total highway closure of SR 162 between Calistoga Street and Bridge Street for a parade.
Work Schedule: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

 

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.