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January date set for traffic revision on SR 16

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Date:  Monday, December 30, 2013

Contact: Contacts: Doug Adamson, WSDOT communications, 360-357-2716

TACOMA – If the weather cooperates, crews are planning a major step forward in the Interstate 5/State Route 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project in Tacoma.

Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, crews will begin the process of relocating eastbound SR 16 traffic from a temporary viaduct onto the new permanent viaduct near I-5. The work requires numerous day and night lane closures of eastbound SR 16 and the southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street. In the event of inclement weather, the work and closures will be rescheduled.

The Washington State Department of Transportation encourages drivers to plan a strategy to deal with potentially long daytime delays and heavy congestion on eastbound SR 16. On a typical weekend, this stretch of eastbound SR 16 is traveled by more than 100,000 vehicles. WSDOT traffic engineers warn that without a reduction in traffic during the restrictions, eastbound backups could reach the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which is 6 miles away. Sunday is anticipated to have the heaviest traffic congestion.

Closure specifics:

10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3
• Close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue (detour via Union);
• Close South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16;
• Close southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street.

7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4
• Open two lanes of eastbound SR 16. One lane will take motorists to northbound I-5; the other lane will take motorists to southbound I-5.
• Open South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16;
• Open southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street.

10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4
• Close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue (detour via Union);
• Close South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16;
• Close southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street.

11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5
• Open one lane of eastbound SR 16, detour all eastbound SR 16 traffic onto southbound I-5. Motorists wishing to reach northbound I-5 will be detoured via South 56th Street interchange.
• Open South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16;
• Open southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street.

10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5
• Close all lanes of eastbound SR 16 at South Union Avenue (detour via Union);
• Close South Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16;
• Close southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street.

4 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6
• Open all ramps and roadways. Eastbound SR 16 motorists will be driving, for the first time, on the new permanent eastbound SR 16 viaduct.

Work of this magnitude is typically scheduled at night to minimize impacts to drivers. However, once crews start on this phase of the project, they must continue until it’s complete. Because of the anticipated lengthy traffic backups on both Saturday and Sunday, Contractor Mowat Construction is considering ways to expedite the work. WSDOT will contact media over the weekend to announce any changes to the closure schedule.

While the work is underway, motorists are encouraged to find alternative routes and reschedule or eliminate discretionary trips. WSDOT encourages drivers to check out online tools that provide traffic information so they can be informed about traffic conditions before leaving home. These tools, including mobile apps and social media, can be found at: Tacomatraffic.com.

No construction-related activities are scheduled on westbound SR 16 that weekend.

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