Pierce County construction

View 2018-2019 Pierce County construction map (pdf 340 kb)

This page was updated on: March 19, 2019 

Read the WSDOT Blog about upcoming construction activity happening this spring on I-5 in Pierce County.

Final project to complete Tacoma HOV system began in February

In February, Guy F. Atkinson Construction began work to design and build a wider Interstate 5 between the Tacoma Dome and the Puyallup River to make room for new HOV lanes. To do this, a new bridge will be built to carry the southbound lanes of the interstate and the old bridges will be demolished. Information about the closure, demolition and rebuilding of the L Street overpass, and I-5 lane and ramp closures will be posted on this web page in the coming weeks.

Tacoma's East L Street overpass to close March 25 for construction

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the East L Street overpass in Tacoma as early as 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 25.  Demolition of the overpass will begin the week of April 8 during overnight hours. The closure, which will be in effect until fall 2021, allows crews to demolish and rebuild the overpass to accommodate a widened Interstate 5 and new HOV lanes.

  • Crews will close East L Street between East 28th Street and the East 27th Street/Wiley Avenue intersection. During the closure, vehicles and bicyclists will detour using East 28th Street, East Portland Avenue to East 27th Street and Wiley Avenue, to East McKinley Way and East 34th Street.
  • A pedestrian detour will be available via East 28th Street, East Portland Avenue and East 27th Street. The contractor, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, will be making pedestrian accessible improvements on East 28th Street and East 27th Street before the pedestrian detour is implemented.

Changes to Bay Street near I-5 in Tacoma

Drivers who use East Bay Street under the Interstate 5 overpass in Tacoma will now see two-way traffic and new travel options near the I-5 overpass and East 28th Street and East 27th Street.

 On Friday, Dec. 14, lanes leading to a new roundabout at East 29th Street and S Street opened. Drivers coming from S Street will be able to travel north on East Bay Street, under I-5, and onto southbound I-5. The graphic below describes the new traffic movements.

Changes to Bay Street near I-5 in Tacoma
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New ramp to southbound I-5 in Tacoma opens

Travelers who use Interstate 705, State Route 7 and Pacific Avenue to reach southbound I-5 now have a shorter detour in place to reach southbound I-5. On Friday, Nov. 16, design-build contractor Skanska opened a temporary ramp that connects drivers coming from Tacoma’s city center to southbound I-5 at an earlier location near the SR 16 exit.

Opening this new ramp to southbound I-5 allowed crews to remove temporary tubular markers that, for six months, have restricted eastbound SR 16 drivers from accessing the west side of South 38th Street. By removing the temporary markers, drivers will have access to both east and west South 38th Street from all directions of I-5 and SR 16.

Read more about this work on the WSDOT Blog.

Temporary ramp to southbound I-5 for Tacoma city center drivers
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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 to133
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project is the final 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

Monday, March 18

  • Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 ramp to eastbound S. 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday. The exit to SR 16 and westbound S. 38th Street will remain open.

Tuesday, March 19

  • Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 ramp to eastbound S. 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday. The exit to SR 16 and westbound S. 38th Street will remain open.

Wednesday, March 20

  • Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, March 21

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, March 22

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Portland Avenue/27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Overnight lane closures:

  • Drivers are advised to be prepared for overnight single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 from 54th Avenue East in Fife to South 48th Street in Tacoma, and on eastbound State Route 16 near South Sprague Avenue.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. during the week, and by 8 a.m. on weekends.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 4 a.m. during the week, and by 7 a.m. on weekends.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • On I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and Portland Avenue, contractor crews are starting work on the final HOV project that builds a new southbound I-5 bridge across the Puyallup River. Crews will implement overnight lane, ramp and local street closures to establish work zones throughout the project. Some work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled.
  • Contractor crews are building a new alignment for southbound I-5 near the SR 16 interchange. The new alignment makes room for direct connect HOV lanes to be built between the two highways. To do this work, southbound I-5 traffic is shifted onto a temporary alignment.  Crews are installing barrier, which requires closing the eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5. Crews will also install signs, drainage, and refresh the lane striping when the weather allows.

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 so crews can begin demolishing and rebuilding southbound I-5 at the SR 16 interchange. The temporary configuration is expected to remain in place through 2018. Here is what drivers need to know:

  • 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.

 

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: 

Week of March 18

  • Daytime shoulder closures on both directions of I-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the project limits.
  • Overnight single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 each night from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following day.
  • No two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.

Monday, March 18

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit 120 to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 19

  • Northbound I-5 exit 120 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.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 20

  • Northbound I-5 exit 120 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.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • The southbound I-5 Thorne Lane on- and off-ramps will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • The northbound I-5 Thorne Lane on- and off- ramps will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will close from 8:30 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.

Thursday, March 21

  • Northbound I-5 exit 120 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 8:30 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.
  • The southbound I-5 Thorne Lane on- and off- ramps will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • The northbound I-5 Thorne Lane on- and off- ramps will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Gravelly Lake Drive will close from 9:30 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.

SR 162, Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Repair
Highway: 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Claudia Bingham-Baker, 360-357-2789
Description: Contractor crews will install a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley. The bridge was closed to traffic in August 2018 after settlement was observed in one of its piers. A detour is in effect using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
Work Schedule: Construction on the temporary crossing will begin late summer 2019. Drivers will continue to use the detour until the bridge reopens later that fall. 

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 have replaced three existing signals at the SR 410 intersections of Mundy Loss Road, Main Street and Park Avenue with new mast arm signal systems. Crews have rebuilt the sidewalk ramps at the intersections of SR 410 and Main Street and Park Avenue. Pavement markings will be installed on SR 410 at the intersections of Main Street and Park Avenue the week of March 18. The shoulders will be closed at each intersection during the work.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19. 

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 closed to all traffic on May 21, 2018. Check the project web page for the latest reopening date.
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.
Project web page.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 119.2
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
Description: Asphalt testing. Drivers will see the southbound I-5 right shoulder closed near Steilacoom-DuPont Road overpass.
Work Schedule: Each day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 20.  

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 119 to 117
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin cleaning on southbound I-5 between Steilacoom-DuPont Road and Mounts Road. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 118 to 120
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin cleaning on northbound I-5 from Center Drive to north of Pendleton Avenue. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 to 5 a.m. Thursday, March 21.

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 0.3
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility company is installing an underground communications line. The northbound right shoulder of SR 162 near 75th Street Court East will close.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 22.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 2.5 to 2.2
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on westbound SR 512 near SR 7/Pacific Avenue. The right lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 to 5 a.m. Saturday, March 23. 

Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 7.6
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Cable barrier repair on northbound SR 167. The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 to 5 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

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.