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2014 Construction in the Tacoma area

The projects below are being highlighted because they are either in urbanized travel areas or will have unusual impacts to traffic. For more information on these projects, please contact WSDOT Olympic Region Communications staff during office hours at 360-357-2789 or by emailing 

Want to see WSDOT construction efforts? Take a look at the 2013/2014 Construction Season Projects Map

I-5 lane closures in Tacoma begin for new HOV project

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation have begun shifting lanes on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 to create a safe construction work zone for the I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV project. In addition, southbound I-5 will be reduced to three general purpose lanes for approximately six weeks.

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, crews will close one lane of northbound I-5 near M Street. At 10 p.m. construction crews will close a second northbound lane allowing them to restripe the northbound roadway, shifting lanes to the right. The lane closures will be in place overnight until 5 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The same single-lane closure will take place on southbound I-5 near M Street beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. These closures will allow crews to restripe the inside lanes of southbound I-5 and build a construction zone in the I-5 median from State Route 16 to M Street. All lanes will re-open by 5 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

In addition to temporary overnight lane closures, southbound I-5 between Yakima Street and SR 16 will be reduced from four to three general-purpose lanes beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Crews will close the left lane so the median can be rebuilt to carry traffic through the area for future traffic shifts. The around-the-clock left lane closure will be in place for approximately six weeks.

Drivers to encounter busy week of I-5 night construction

Drivers traveling at night on Interstate 5 through west Pierce County will encounter numerous lane and ramp closures as construction crews continue paving operations and make other highway improvements.

The ramp closures are scheduled as follows. Although only the ramp closures are listed below, motorists can also expect multiple lane closures in both direction of I-5 in the Lakewood and DuPont areas during the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Specific dates and times of the closures may vary depending on weather conditions and construction progress.

Unless otherwise noted, all ramp closures will begin at 10 p.m. on the scheduled date and reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

  • Close Center Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5. Once reopened, close Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5.

Thursday, Aug. 28

  • 1 a.m. - 4 a.m. Close Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5.
  • Close JBLM Main Gate on-ramp to southbound I-5.

I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV

Expect lane closure on SR 7 in Tacoma

Drivers traveling on State Route 7 in Tacoma between Interstate 705/Interstate 5 and East 38th Street will see a left lane closure during daytime hours one day next week for mowing operations.

From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, maintenance crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the left lane of southbound SR 7 from milepost 58.2 to 57.9

Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling through the area and “Give ‘em a Brake” in construction zones.

I-5/SR16 Eastbound SR 16 Nalley Valley

The I-5/State Route 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project reached its last major milestone shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, when the Washington State Department of Transportation opened two new ramps from South Sprague Avenue to northbound and southbound Interstate 5. Read more...

SR 16 Olympic Drive overpass work underway
Drivers traveling on westbound State Route 16 near Gig Harbor will encounter a closed highway and a single-lane detour through the SR 16/Olympic Drive interchange over two upcoming nights. The closures will allow crews to begin repairs on a damaged bridge girder that was struck by an over-height load in 2013.

Eastbound SR 16 will not be affected by the work.

The westbound SR 16 closures at Olympic Drive are scheduled as follows:

11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, through 4 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29
11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, through 4 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3

Westbound SR 16 drivers will use the Olympic Drive exit and on-ramp to detour around the closure. Traffic impacts are expected to be minimal.

In preparation for the overnight work, at 7 p.m. each night from Monday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 28, drivers will also encounter single-lane closures on westbound SR 16. The lane will reopen at 4 a.m. each following day.

This project will continue through the end of the year, and will involve several more overnight closures.

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