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Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Construction


Drivers planning night trips on Tacoma-area state highways may encounter brief delays. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation plan to close lanes and ramps for continued HOV lane construction in Tacoma and Fife.

In addition, work to expand HOV lanes into Tacoma will also require weeknight single- and double-lane closures in both directions of I-5 between L Street and Port of Tacoma Road.

Ramp closures
Northbound I-5 collector/distributor exits to Interstate 705 and State Route 7
• 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, until 4 a.m. the following morning.

East 27th Street/Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5
• 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, until 5 a.m. the following morning

Southbound I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5
• 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 12-14, until 4 a.m. each following morning.
• 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, until 4 a.m. the following morning.
• 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, until 5 a.m. the following morning.

Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7
• 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 12-14, until 6 a.m. each following morning.
• 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, until 6 a.m. the following morning.
• 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Northbound I-5 exit to northbound State Route 167 (River Road)
• 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, until 7 a.m. the following morning.

East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
• 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, until 6 a.m. the following morning.







Crews are building a new path for northbound I-5 in Tacoma
HOV makeover in Tacoma requires squeeze at SR 16/I-5 connection
Eastbound SR 16 drivers near I-5 can expect delays, congestion through spring 2017

Temporary but significant changes are underway for drivers who use the eastbound State Route 16 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The change will allow crews to continue efforts to extend HOV lanes into Tacoma, but a similar configuration in 2015 created routine backups on SR 16 approaching I-5.

The eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is reduced to one lane through spring 2017.

The work zone space created by reducing eastbound SR 16 to one lane at northbound I-5 will allow crews to build new road approaches to the newly constructed bridge over Interstate 705/State Route 7. That new bridge will eventually carry all northbound I-5 traffic, and existing northbound I-5 lanes will be converted to HOV lanes.

Eastbound SR 16 travelers merging onto northbound I-5 can expect congestion and delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commute hours. Drivers headed north of Tacoma who encounter backups are encouraged to consider detouring onto State Route 7, to South 38th Street (east), and looping back onto the SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5.

See additional information about this change at the WSDOT Blog.




McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt

East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic during August 2016. The closure will allow crews to rebuild the overpass. The roadway isn't expected to reopen to traffic until late winter 2018.  Until the overpass it rebuilt, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to the rebuilt Pacific Avenue overpass.
Rebuilding both overpasses is part of the effort to expand I-5 HOV lanes into Tacoma. 

 
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