Pierce County construction

Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

WSDOT is working with contractors to restart project activities that fall under low-risk construction guidance

I-705 ramps closed at Stadium Way in Tacoma

As part of Sound Transit's Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension project, the I-705 on- and off-ramps at Stadium Way in Tacoma will close for track installation as early as June 25. The ramp closures will remain in place through July. Travelers headed to Stadium Way will need to take an earlier exit such as City Center or S. 21st Street/SR 509. Details on this project can be found on Sound Transits Hilltop Tacoma Link web page.

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 one year closer to completion. 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. 


Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

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. A temporary regulatory speed limit reduction to 50 mph on I-5 is in place through the duration of construction. The speed limit reduction for this project on northbound I-5 begins at milepost 133.06 and continues to milepost 136.19. The speed limit reduction on southbound I-5 begins at milepost 136.67 and continues to milepost 133.86.
Project web page

City street closures:

  • June 29 to July 2, and again the week of July 6 each day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., one lane of 20th Street East in Fife will close between Earling Street to Praxair Driveway. Alternating one-way traffic will be in place controlled by flaggers.
  • 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 29 - Juy 2 and the week of July 6: one lane of southbound SR 167/River Road will close at East Grandview Avenue.
  • 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday through Thursday, June 29 - July 2 and the week of July 6: all lanes of southbound SR 167/River Road/Bay Street will close from East Grandview Avenue to East 27th Street.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

All closures listed below are subject to change due to weather.

  • Single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 are allowed between Port of Tacoma Road to East McKinley Way each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • All work associated with ramp closures listed have been deemed necessary for public safety.

 

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 lanes to I-5. A temporary regulatory speed limit reduction from 60 mph to 50 mph will be in place as early as May 15 on both directions of I-5 from milepost 121.9 to milepost 124.1. The temporary speed limit reduction will remain in place through December 2020. 
Project web page
Work Schedule:

  • This summer, crews will shift travel lanes on both directions of I-5 near Berkeley Street, creating work zones that allow crews to widen I-5 and raise the elevation of the highway nearly 14 feet. Lanes of northbound I-5 were shifted on June 19. Southbound lanes will shift the night of Tuesday, June 30 or Wednesday, July 1. Overnight travelers will see lane and ramp closures. Work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled.
  • Daytime shoulder closures are allowed on both directions of I-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the project limits.
  • Single and double lane closures on northbound and southbound I-5 each week night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.
  • Typically, no two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.

Local street closures:

  • Extended closure of the Madigan Gate will take place from 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27 to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 28 for paving. Alternate date for this work is July 11.
  • Daytime flagging operation each weekday at the Berkeley Street and Washington Avenue intersection.
  • Starting Monday, March 16, Union Avenue between Spruce Street and Thorne Lane is closed around-the-clock until further notice.
  • Work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled.

Night ramp closures:

Tuesday, June 30

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 1

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Monday, July 6

  • 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 southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 7

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 8

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: City of Fife, 253-922-9315
Description: City of Fife is building Phase 1 of this project, which brings road, interchange and intersection improvements to the Port of Tacoma.
Work Schedule:

  • Right lane of southbound I-5 from 54th Street to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 9 p.m. Thursday, July 2 to 6 a.m. Friday, July 3.

See project web page.

SR 162 - 96th to Orville Rd E - Paving & ADA
Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 4.07 to 10.92
Contact: John Romero, 360-570-6750
Description: This project makes pavement repairs on 5.71 miles of SR 162 near Orting in four separate work zones: from mileposts 4.07 to 5.98, 6.25 to 6.63, 7.10 to 9.32 and 9.72 to 10.92. The project also rebuilds sidewalks and ramps at various intersections of SR 162 to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. 
Work Schedule: Work will begin July 13. ADA improvements will take place during daytime hours. Paving on SR 162 will occur in August during overnight hours.

SR 167 Extension Stage 1A - 70th Avenue East Bridge
Highway: SR 99, I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) SR 99: 0 - 1; I-5: 136.5 to 138.5
Contact: Chris Hoffmann, 206-387-2050
Description: This project, part of the Puget Sound Gateway Program, replaces the existing two-lane 70th Avenue East bridge with a new four-lane bridge just west of its current location. The new bridge provides a 12-foot wide path for pedestrians and bicycles. The project also builds a new roundabout at the 70th Avenue East/SR 99 intersection, a new Interurban Trail parking lot and several hundred feet of new trail. Drivers will see construction on SR 99 from 70th Avenue East to 65th Avenue East.
Work Schedule: 

  • No lane or ramp closures scheduled.

Project web page.

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: Michele Britton, 360-874-3000
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. Additionally, 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. All work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled. Speed limit through the work zone is 25 mph.
Work Schedule: Drivers will see weekday, daytime construction as crews build the concrete girder bridge at Minter Creek. Additional work is scheduled below:

Week of June 29 

  • Overnight lane closures controlled by flaggers on SR 302 from Key Peninsula Highway to SR 16 during overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1

  • Eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to SR 302 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Drivers will detour using Burnham Drive.

Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7 

  • Westbound SR 16 exit to SR 302 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Drivers will detour using Burnham Drive.

Wednesday, July 9

  • Eastbound SR 302 exit to SR 16 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Drivers will detour using Burnham Drive.

SR 410 - Traffic Ave Interchange Improvements
Contact: Andrew Leach, City of Sumner, 253-299-5709
Description: The City of Sumner is reconfiguring two intersections and adding 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:

  • Shoulder closures on both directions of SR 410 at Traffic Avenue will be in place. Intermittent daytime closures controlled by flaggers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Traffic Avenue at Thompson Street. 

Project web page

SR 512/Pacific Ave to Canyon Rd E – Paving & Bridge Repair
Highway: SR 512, Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.36 to 5.69
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-538-3360
Description: This project removes and replaces worn asphalt on a three-mile section of SR 512 from Pacific Avenue to Canyon Road. This work preserves the highway and creates a smoother surface for all its users. Crews will also repair bridge joints at the Waller Road overpass.
Work Schedule: Travelers will see weeknight lane and ramp closures beginning Monday, June 15. Work is weather sensitive and can be rescheduled. During the ramp closures, drivers will use alternate routes.

  • Single lane closure on eastbound SR 512 will occur weeknights Monday to Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day; Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Single lane closure on westbound SR 512 will occur weeknights Monday to Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day; Friday from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • Canyon Road on-ramp to westbound SR 512 will close weeknights Monday to Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day. 
  • Portland Avenue off- and on-ramps to westbound SR 512 will close each night, Monday, through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day. 
  • SR 512 off-ramp to Pacific Avenue will close each night, Tuesday, through Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day. 

Maintenance & Utilities

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce, Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 109 - 124
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews are placing a communications line across I-5 near the Weigh Station north of Mounts Road. One 15-minute rolling slowdown on both directions of I-5 from Martin Way in Lacey and Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood will be in place. All ramp traffic will be held during the rolling slow down.
Work Schedule: Overnight hours from 11 p.m. Thursday, July 2 to 1 a.m. Friday, July 3.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 116.7 - 119.2
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Asphalt repair on northbound I-5. Two right lanes will close. The northbound I-5 exit to the weigh station north of Mounts Road will close. The Center Drive and weigh station on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close. Drivers will detour to southbound I-5 to Mounts Road to northbound I-5. The northbound I-5 exit to Center Drive will remain open.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 1.  

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 118.7 - 120
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Asphalt repair on northbound I-5. Two right lanes will close. The Steilacoom-DuPont Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close. Drivers will detour to southbound I-5 to Center Drive to northbound I-5.  The northbound I-5 exit 119 to Steilacoom-DuPont Road will remain open.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 to 4 a.m. Thursday, July 2.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 132
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Crack sealing on the southbound I-5 exit to eastbound South 38th Street. A short-term ramp closure will be in place.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Monday, June 29 to 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 30.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 24
Contact: Chris Ehresmann 360-570-6749
Description: Utility contractor will make asphalt repairs on both directions SR 161 near 132nd Street East. Drivers will see shifted lanes and lane closures.
Work Schedule: June 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and again overnight from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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.