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Alternate route for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5

Tired of the recent long backups on eastbound SR 16 heading to northbound I-5? Try this alternate route, which uses the SR 7 U-turn at South 38th Street.  We've clocked it, and when backups at the merge are heavy this will take you about half the time! Just make sure that as you're heading up the hill on SR 7, take the route to South 38th Street east (not west).

  
Eastbound SR 16 alternate route to northbound I-5





Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation have multiple overnight lane and ramp closures scheduled for Tacoma area highways during the week of June 29. The closures, listed below, are connected to the I-5: M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV and I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Northbound HOV projects.

Continued ramp closures
Northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5.
A Street on-ramp to northbound Interstates 705/I-5.

Night ramp closures

Monday, June 29
From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, the following ramps will close:
Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5
Southbound I-5 exit to westbound State Route 16/South 38th Street. Drivers will detour via South 56th Street and northbound I-5.

From 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday, the following will close:
Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes from SR 16 and East 38th Street to SR 7 and I-705.
Northbound I-5 exit to northbound State Route 167

Tuesday, June 30
From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday, the following ramps will close:
Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5
Southbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road
54th Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5

From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, the following ramps will close:
Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5
Southbound I-5 exit to westbound State Route 16/South 38th Street. Divers will detour via South 56th Street and northbound I-5.

From 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday, the following lanes will close:
Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes from SR 16 and East 38th street to SR 7 and I-705.

Wednesday, July 1
From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, the following ramps will close:
Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5
Southbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road

From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, the following ramps will close:
Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5
Southbound I-5 exit to westbound State Route 16/South 38th Street. Drivers will detour via South 56th Street and northbound I-5.

From 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday, the following lanes will close:
Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes from SR 16 and East 38th Street to SR 7 and I-705.


Long-term closure of 20th Street East in Fife in place through 2017


The road closure is needed while crews build a new northbound Interstate 5 bridge over the Puyallup River. The bridge, which will be built adjacent to the existing northbound I-5 bridge, will be wider and straighter than the existing bridge, and will feature a new northbound high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. Other improvements will also be made on I-5 between Portland Avenue in Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma Road in Fife.

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Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

  • Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.
  • Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
  • Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.

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