Pierce County construction

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This page was updated on: Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

Southbound I-5 exit 136 to Port of Tacoma Road extended weekend closure

Weather permitting, contractor crews working for the City of Fife will close the southbound I-5 exit 136 to Port of Tacoma Road around-the-clock starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. The closure will allow the contractor to build the new exit as part of the city's Port of Tacoma Road project. During the closure, drivers can detour using southbound I-5 exit 137 at 54th Avenue East in Fife, or southbound I-5 exit 133 to I-705 and SR 509. Other detour routes are provided on this link from the City of Fife.  The northbound I-5 exit to the Port of Tacoma Road will remain open.  Drivers will also see the right lane of southbound I-5 closed from South 54th Street to Port of Tacoma Road during overnight hours on Thursday, Oct. 10, Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day.

The evening of Saturday, Oct. 12, travelers will likely see increased congestion on I-5, I-705, SR 7 and local streets leading up to the Tacoma Dome as an additional 18,000 visitors attend an event there. Travelers are advised to plan your trips early, carpool, give yourself plenty of extra time or take alternative modes of transportation you're attending the Tacoma Dome event.

Changes coming to Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 in Lakewood weekend of Oct. 12-13

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are widening I-5 between Thorne Lane and Gravelly Lake Drive. In order to tie into the existing shoulder of northbound I-5, the existing right lane that runs between the two interchanges will soon close and become a temporary work zone. This change could occur as early as the morning of Sunday, Oct. 13. Drivers using the Thorne Lane on-ramp will merge into mainline traffic sooner than they are used to. It also means that northbound I-5 between Thorne Lane and Gravelly Lake Drive will temporarily be reduced to three lanes instead of four. The northbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will remain open. This temporary configuration will be in place for approximately one week. Weather could delay the timing of this work.

New southbound I-5 auxiliary lane opens; lane closure begins in Tacoma

On Saturday, Sept. 21, WSDOT's contractor Skanska opened a new southbound I-5 auxiliary lane from South 38th Street to South 56th Street in Tacoma. The new lane will give South 38th Street travelers a dedicated lane to merge onto southbound I-5.

Crews have also temporarily close the far left lane of southbound I-5 from South 38th Street to South 56th Street. This closure creates a median work zone allowing crews to construct two HOV sign structures, one of the final steps towards opening HOV connections between I-5 and SR 16. The left lane closure will be in place, around-the-clock, for approximately six weeks or until the work is finished. During this work: 

  • Southbound I-5 past the Tacoma Mall will have three general purpose lanes open, plus the new auxiliary lane.
  • The collector/distributor ramp at South 56th Street will become a temporary through lane.
  • The westbound South 56th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close. Westbound South 56th street drivers will still be able to access southbound I-5 using the left turn lane at Tacoma Mall Boulevard.
  • Drivers can expect to see delays in this area during regular commute hours.

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. This video describes what lanes travelers need to be in so they can reach their destinations. 

  • 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.
  • 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.


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:

  • Drivers who use 20th Street East in Fife will see daytime alternating one-way traffic from Earling Street to the Praxair driveway each day, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Overnight ramp and lane closures

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

Monday, Oct. 14

  • Up to three lanes on southbound I-5 near M Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

  • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 near M Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • One lane of northbound I-5 from South 38th Street to M Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

  • One lane of southbound I-5 near South 48th Street overpass will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 from South 56th Street to exit 133 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Oct. 17

  • One lane of northbound I-5 from South 38th Street to M Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 near M Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 from South 56th Street to exit 133 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

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 finishing new direct connect HOV lanes  between SR 16 and I-5 in Tacoma, and a new auxiliary lane on southbound I-5 between South 38th Street and South 56th Street.

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 general purpose and auxiliary lanes to I-5.
Project web page
Work Schedule:

  • The right lane of northbound I-5 that runs between Thorne Lane and Gravelly Lake Drive will soon close and become a temporary work zone. This change means drivers using the Thorne Lane on-ramp will merge into mainline traffic sooner than they are used to. It also means that northbound I-5 between Thorne Lane and Gravelly Lake Drive will temporarily be reduced to three lanes instead of four. The northbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will remain open. This temporary configuration will be in place for approximately one week. Weather could delay the timing of this work.
  • Daytime shoulder closures on both directions of I-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the project limits.
  • Single lane closures on northbound and southbound I-5 each week night from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each following day.
  • Typically, no two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

Monday, Oct. 14

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

Tuesday, Oct. 15

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

Wednesday, Oct. 16

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

Thursday, Oct. 17

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Oct. 18

  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Oct. 19

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

 

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: 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: Southbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close around-the-clock starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. During the closure, drivers can detour using southbound I-5 exit 137 at 54th Avenue East in Fife. Other detour routes are shown on this link from the City of Fife.  The northbound I-5 exit to the Port of Tacoma Road will remain open.
Project web page.

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. 
Work Schedule: The project is in temporary suspension. Work is expected to resume Oct. 21 through Nov. 1 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 7, North of Pilgrim Rd E Slope Stabilization
Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 24.4
Contact: John Romero, 360-570-6750 
Description: Contractor crews are installing mesh wire slope protection along a section of SR 7. Drivers will see alternating one-way traffic controlled by flagging operation. 
Work Schedule: Weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Oct. 14 through Nov. 1.

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 are installing a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley. A detour is in place using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. As of Thursday, Oct. 19, crews have completed two of three launches of the new temporary structure. The new temporary crossing is expected to reopen to traffic by late-November, 2019, before the Thanksgiving holiday. Read our latest blog post on crew's progress and what remains. 
Work Schedule:  Each weekday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers on State Route 162 (Pioneer Way) and Mundy Loss Road. Trail users below the bridge can expect 5-10 minute delays as crews remove existing guardrail on the bridge deck.
Project webpage.

SR 163 N of N 54th Street to Pt Defiance Landing - Paving
Highway: SR 163 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 3.15 to 3.37
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6750
Description: Contractor crews will repair the roadway surface between North 54th Street and the Point Defiance Ferry terminal, expand the ferry holding lanes from two lanes to four, and install upgrades to the tolling communication system for Washington State Ferries.
Work Schedule: During the overnight hours of Tuesday, Sept. 24, crews finished paving and installed temporary striping on the roadway. In approximately four weeks, once the asphalt has cured, crews will install final striping. This is weather dependent work. In the meantime, the new holding lanes are open to ferry traffic. Overnight work hours are from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each Sunday through Thursday. While the Point Defiance/Tahlequah ferry route is in operation, access to the tollbooth will not be restricted, and flaggers will give priority to offloading ferry traffic. 
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 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. 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. Paving operations will occur overnight, when traffic volumes are less.

Work Schedule: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Project webpage.

Pierce County project: 62nd Avenue NW / 144th Street NW
Contact: Pierce County, 253-798-6913
Description: Pierce County Public Works is making improvements to 62nd Avenue NW near 144th Street affecting travelers using the nearby SR 302 Purdy Bridge. 
Project webpage

SR 410 - Traffic Ave Interchange Improvements
Contact: Andrew Leach, City of Sumner, 253-299-5709
Description: Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, the City of Sumner will begin construction to reconfigure two intersections and add 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: No impacts to travel this week.

Project web page

Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 138.7
Contact: Steven Jorgenson, 360-357-2763
Description: Drilling on the shoulder of southbound I-5. The shoulder will be closed.
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 125.8 - 127.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin maintenance and sweeping the left shoulder on northbound I-5. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 130 - 127
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin maintenance and sweeping the left shoulder on southbound I-5 near SR 512. The two left lanes will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 to 4 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 127 - 124
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin maintenance and sweeping the left shoulder on southbound I-5 near SR 512. The two left lanes will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 to 4 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 125
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Fence repair on southbound I-5 near Gravelly Lake Drive. The shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: Monday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 58.1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on northbound SR 7. The shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.2
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews working for Peninsula Light will replace outdated equipment along SR 302. Alternating one-way traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. 

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 8.2
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews working for Peninsula Light will replace outdated equipment along SR 302. Alternating one-way traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.  

Highway: SR 702 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 - 9
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Asplundh working for Puget Sound Energy will perform vegetation management under the existing power lines. The westbound lane of SR 702 will close. Drivers will see alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule:  Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  Oct. 14 through Nov. 8.

Highway: SR 702 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0.6
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Potelco working for Puget Sound Energy replace utility poles on Harts Lake Road. Work is near the intersection of SR 702 for placing one pole and traffic control will be needed on SR 702 at the intersection.
Work Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 706 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9.5 - 10.5
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility work adjaent to SR 706. The eastbound lane of SR 706 will close. Drivers will see alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 17 and 18.

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.