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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 bakerc@wsdot.wa.gov. 

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

Drivers who travel Interstate 5 in Tacoma are encouraged to prepare for night construction and possible delays. Ramp and lane closures are necessary during construction of the I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV project.

Signed detours will be provided during ramp closures.

Ramp closures
Saturday, Jan. 31
Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound SR 167 exit to southbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 2-4
Southbound Interstate 705 and southbound State Route 7 on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following morning.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, Feb. 5
Southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Friday, Feb. 6
The southbound I-705 and southbound SR 7 on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7
The southbound I-705 and southbound SR 7 on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m.

I-5 lane closures between M Street and Portland Avenue
Monday, Feb. 2
Single left lane closure on northbound I-5 beginning 9 p.m. At 11 p.m., crews will set up a double-lane closure. All lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. the following morning.

Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb. 4
Single right lane closure on northbound I-5 beginning at 10 p.m. The lane will reopen at 6 a.m. each following morning.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Single right lane closure on southbound I-5 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Thursday, Feb. 5
Single right lane closure on southbound I-5 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Friday, Feb. 6
Double right lane closure on northbound I-5 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning.


Continued around-the-clock ramp closures:

  • Southbound Interstate 5 exit to State Route 7 remains closed until mid-February, 2015 for construction of a stormwater retention pond.
  • Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 remains closed until spring 2015 for bridge construction.
  • A-Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 remains closed until spring 2016 for bridge construction.



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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