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Construction in the Tacoma area

Night ramp closures continue for Tacoma I-5 HOV projects

Saturday, Oct. 10
From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. the southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close.

Additional night closures
• At 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 12-15, the southbound Interstate 705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close. The on-ramp will reopen at 6 a.m. each following morning.

• At 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13-14, the southbound I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close. The on-ramp will reopen at 4 a.m. each following morning.
• From 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, crews will close the southbound I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5.

Extended weekend ramp closure
• From 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, to 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, crews will close the Bay Street on-ramp to northbound State Route 167 (River Road).

In addition to the above mentioned ramp and lane closures, the following are long-term closures related to two I-5 HOV projects in Tacoma.

Continued ramp closures

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


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

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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