Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT Communications, 360-704-3270 (Tumwater)
TACOMA – Paving crews expect to open all lanes of South Tacoma Way in time for Monday morning’s commute, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The road was closed Friday afternoon between Pine and Wilkeson streets after a piece of the original eastbound viaduct, which was in the process of being demolished, fell on the roadway shoulder. A safety buffer had been in place at the time and no injuries were reported. Gas and water service was, however, disrupted.
Over the weekend, crews cleared the roadway shoulder of all debris and utility crews worked to restore gas and water service to nearby businesses. Crews are now repaving the damaged shoulder and the adjacent lane, and expect to complete the work later tonight.
WSDOT and contractor Mowat Construction have stopped demolition activities pending a thorough review of the demolition operation.