Pierce County construction

Updated: Friday, July 31, 2020.

SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 closed until mid-August 

From July 23 through mid-August, design-build contractor Atkinson Construction has the following temporary changes in place near the northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue:

  • The Portland Avenue exit has moved west about a quarter of a mile toward I-705.
  • One lane of the I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5 and the entire SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is closed.

Read more on the WSDOT blog about this important work.

Plan ahead for overnight closures of I-5 in Fife -  Aug. 28 and Aug. 29

Both directions of I-5 from SR 18 in Federal Way to the 54th Street interchange in Fife will close during the overnight and early morning hours for two nights at the end of August. The closures allow construction crews to install ten 220-foot-long bridge girders as part of the SR 167 Extension Stage 1A - 70th Avenue East Bridge construction, which replaces and widens the overpass. Overnight travelers are encouraged to plan ahead and avoid traveling at that time as long backups and delays are expected. Southbound I-5 drivers coming from King County headed to Olympia or points beyond can take I-405 or SR 18 to SR 167 south to SR 512 and back to I-5. Northbound I-5 drivers coming from Lakewood/JBLM headed to Seattle can take SR 512 to SR 167 to either SR 18 or I-405 to northbound I-5. Detour maps are found on the SR 167 Completion project page. WSDOT published a blog about this work.

Each night, Friday, August 28 and Saturday August 29 

  • 8 p.m. - lane closures begin on both northbound and southbound I-5. 
  • 11 p.m. - all I-5 lanes closed from 54th Avenue East in Fife and SR 18 in Federal Way.
  • 8 a.m. the following day - lanes begin to reopen. 
  • 12 p.m.  all lanes reopen. 


Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

Overnight lane and ramp closures

Friday, Aug. 7 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

  • Three lanes of southbound I-5 will close approaching M Street. 
  • The I-705 and Pacific Avenue on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close. Drivers will detour to Portland Avenue to southbound I-5.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close. Drivers will detour to South 56th Street to northbound I-5 to westbound SR 16.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close. Drivers will detour to South 56th Street to northbound I-5 to exit 132 to South 38th Street.

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:

Wednesday, Aug. 5 to Friday, Aug. 7

  • One lane of southbound SR 167/East Bay Street will close from East Grandview Avenue to East 27th each night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12 to Friday, Aug. 14

  • One lane of southbound SR 167/East Bay Street will close from East Grandview Avenue to East 27th each night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • All lanes of southbound SR 167/East Bay Street will close from East Grandview Avenue to East 27th each night from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

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

July 23 to August 19

  • SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is closed around-the-clock for construction. During the closure, drivers will detour using I-705 to SR 509 and back to northbound I-5 using East Portland Avenue.
  • One lane of the I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close for construction.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will move west approximately a quarter mile for construction.

Monday, Aug. 10

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

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, both directions of I-5 near Berkeley Street are in a temporary lane configuration. The shifted lanes are necessary so crews can widen I-5 and raise the elevation of the highway nearly 14 feet. 
  • 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:

  • For three weeks starting at 7 a.m. Monday, July 26, construction crews building a roundabout at the intersection of Militia Drive/Union Avenue and Berkeley Street will create a temporary one-way lane configuration for travelers going eastbound from Militia Drive to Union Avenue. Drivers headed west on Union Avenue towards Berkeley Street will be detoured. 
  • 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:

Friday, July 31

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Aug. 1

  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will close from 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Monday, Aug. 3

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

Tuesday, Aug. 4

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

Wednesday, Aug. 5

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

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

 

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:

  • No work is scheduled.

See project web page.

SR 16, Snake Lake and Union Ave – VMS Replacement
Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) .74 to 1.54
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-538-3360
Description: This project replaces existing variable message signs on both directions of SR 16 near Union Avenue and Center Street in Tacoma.
Work Schedule: Work will begin as early as Monday, August 10. Overnight ramp closures and lane closures will be in place during the project as needed. Flagging for pedestrians and bicycles will also occur on the Scott Pierson Trail near the Union Avenue on-ramp to westbound SR 16.

  • Eastbound SR 16 closure hours:
    • Each night Monday -Thursday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day.
    • Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Westbound SR 16 closure hours:
    • Each night, Monday – Friday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.

SR 161 / 31st Avenue SW Overpass Improvements
Highway: SR 161 at SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 25.78 to 25.83
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-538-3360
Description: This project modifies eastbound SR 512 off-ramp to SR 161 by restriping the off-ramp, and adding storage on 31st Avenue SW for the right turn lane to westbound SR 512. During construction, travelers will see overnight lane and ramp closures on 31st Avenue (SR 161) and eastbound SR 512 exit to SR 161.
Work Schedule: Work is scheduled to begin as early as August 10. 

  • Closure hours for eastbound SR 512 exit to SR 161 are weeknights Monday through Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day, and on Friday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Lane closures on 31st Avenue (SR 161) are weeknights Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day, and on Friday from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

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: The project rebuilds sidewalks and ramps at eight intersections of SR 162 to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. This project also makes pavement repairs on 5.71 miles of SR 162 near Orting in four separate work zones. The work areas are shown below by the following mileposts:

  • 4.07 to 5.98, 96th Street East to just north of 128th Street East
  • 6.25 to 6.63, south of 128th Street East to just south of 136th Street East
  • 7.10 to 9.32, near 144th Street East to Whitsell Street NW
  • 9.72 to 10.92, Bridge Street SW to Orville Road East

Work Schedule:

  • ADA work will begin July 13. ADA improvements will take place during daytime hours. Shoulder closures may be in place when necessary.
  • Paving on SR 162 will begin as early as August 3 during overnight hours, Monday to Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each following day. Alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers will be in place.

 

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: 

  • Double lane closures on northbound I-5 are allowed from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
  • Double lane closures on southbound I-5 are allowed from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Monday August 10 and Tuesday, August 11

  • Single lane closures in the southbound direction of 70th Avenue East will be in place each night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.
  • 54th Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close each night from 11:20 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each following day.
  • Two left lanes of northbound I-5 will close each night from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each following day.

Each night, Friday, August 28 and Saturday August 29 

  • 8 p.m. - lane closures begin on both northbound and southbound I-5. 
  • 11 p.m. - all I-5 lanes closed from 54th Avenue East in Fife and SR 18 in Federal Way.
  • 8 a.m. the following day - lanes begin to reopen. 
  • 12 p.m.  all lanes reopen. 

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. 

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. 
  • Eastbound SR 410 right lane closure on Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The eastbound SR 410 exit to Traffic Avenue will close during the same time.

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: The week of Aug. 3, the contractor will apply pavement markings and right shoulder lines during overnight hours, weather permitting. At that time, travelers will see weeknight lane closures and intermittent ramp closures at Portland Avenue and Canyon Road East. Work is weather sensitive and can be rescheduled. During the ramp closures, drivers will use alternate routes.

  • Single lane closure and ramp 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 and ramp 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.

Maintenance & Utilities

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 130 - 128
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin maintenance and pot hole repair on southbound I-5. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 to 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 128 - 126
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin maintenance and pot hole repair on southbound I-5. The left lane will close between SR 512 and Bridgeport Way.
Work Schedule: 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3 to 4 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.  

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 126 - 132.9
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Intermittent rolling slowdowns on northbound I-5 from Lakewood to Tacoma for pothole repairs.
Work Schedule: Each night from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.  

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9 - 10.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Mowing on both sides of the highway on the right shoulder. Alternating traffic will be in place controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: Monday, Aug. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.7 - 9.7
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on westbound SR 512. The shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 12 - 11
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
Description: Bridge joint repair on westbound SR 512. The right lane of westbound SR 512 and the ramp to East Pioneer Avenue will close.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 to 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6.

Highway: SR 702 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 8.1
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility contractor is relocating a communications line along a section of eastbound SR 702. The shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.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.