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: Nov. 9, 2018 

Read the latest on the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction at the WSDOT Blog.


Changes made to southbound I-5 lanes in Fife

Travelers who use southbound Interstate approaching 54th Avenue East in Fife are seeing the following new lane designations:

  • WSDOT shortened the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restriction so it opens to all traffic further north, near the Fife curve. Crews also restriped 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. 

Daytime closure of SR 7 ramp in Tacoma

  • 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 Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16 for storm pond 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.

I-5/South 38th Street intersection 

  • Updated information on the I-5/South 38th Street interchange work was announced Friday, Oct. 5. This work has been postponed until 2019. 

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.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

Friday, Nov. 9

  • East 28th Street ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
  • Bay Street ramp to northbound SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit 135 to northbound SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Nov. 10

  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday, Nov. 11

  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday.

Monday, Nov. 12

  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-705 and the A Street on-ramp and the southbound SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to South 56th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • East 28th Street ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit 135 to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Bay Street ramp to northbound SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

  • Southbound I-705 and the A Street on-ramp and the southbound SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • East 28th Street ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Bay Street ramp to northbound SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit 135 to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to South 56th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Nov. 15

  • East 28th Street ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Bay Street ramp to northbound SR 167 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit 135 to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 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.
  • Southbound I-705 and the A Street on-ramp and the southbound SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Nov. 16

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Why are these closures necessary?

Temporary southbound I-5 configuration at SR 16 through early 2019
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.

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 each night, Monday - Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 16

  • Berkeley Street will close between Union Avenue and the southbound I-5 ramps each night from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following day.
    • Tillicum drivers will be detoured to Union to Thorne Lane to southbound I-5 or northbound I-5.
    • Northbound and southbound I-5 drivers headed to Tillicum will be detoured via Thorne Lane.
    • Southbound I-5 drivers exiting at Berkeley Street will still be able to access Joint Base Lewis McChord.
  • During the overnight hours of Thursday, Nov. 15, crews will install temporary signals at the Berkeley Street and southbound I-5 ramps interchange to accommodate future shifted lanes for a workzone. From 10 p.m. Thursday, to 4:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, law enforcement will assist with traffic control at the intersection of Berkeley Street and Union Avenue, and at the intersections of the northbound and southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps.

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 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: Work has been temporarily suspended for materials. Once work resumes, construction hours are from 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.

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.
Work Schedule: No ramp closures are scheduled for the week of Nov. 12
Project web page.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

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 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.6 to 11.3
Contact: David Evans, 360-570-6746
Description: Peninsula Light is relocating various utilities in preparation for the SR 302 Minters Creeks fish passage project. Overnight drivers will see shoulder closures and may encounter a one way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 21 through Nov. 19.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 11.4 to 11.6
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Peninsula Light is working on existing electrical lines crossing SR 302 at the 118th Avenue NW intersection. Drivers will see daytime occasional stops as needed controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday Nov. 5 and Monday, Nov. 12.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 12.9 to 13.1
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Drivers will encounter an eastbound right shoulder closure as utility crew for CenturyLink install an underground communications line along SR 302.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 16.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.7
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews for RailWorks Track Systems will replace a damaged track signal. Drivers will encounter a northbound right shoulder closure. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. 

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 7.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sign installation on eastbound SR 512 near Fruitland Avenue. The right shoulder will be closed.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

 

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.