This visualization shows the proposed I-405/SR 167 Interchange Direct Connector.
- This project is in the design phase, with funding for right-of-way acquisition and preliminary engineering. Construction is currently unfunded. View our most recent factsheet (pdf 695 kb).
- As part of planning for the Direct Connector construction, crews will take soil samples intermittently during the next several months near S. 14th Street in the Talbot Hill neighborhood. Learn more in our November 2013 flyer (pdf 1.73 Mb).
- The Notice of Availability for the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Tukwila to Renton Improvement Project was published on July 23, 2008.
- WSDOT published the Tukwila to Renton Improvement Project Environmental Assessment (EA) on April 4, 2008.
The I-405/SR 167 interchange is one of the most heavily congested interchanges in the state. Today, drivers experience congestion in this area for up to eight hours each day.
Through this project, we will build a new flyover ramp connecting the express toll lanes on SR 167 to the carpool lanes on I-405 in Renton. This ramp will improve traffic flow and safety at this critical interchange.
Why is WSDOT
building this new flyover structure?
Traffic analyses show that this project will significantly decrease the hours of delay people experience. The new connection will also reduce weaving at this interchange and on SR 167 and I-405, making collisions less likely.
The End Result
This critical flyover link may ultimately connect 25 miles of express toll lanes on I-405 with 15 miles of express toll lanes on SR 167, resulting in a 40-mile express toll lane system.
- Congestion relief and safety: This project will improve traffic flow and decrease the likelihood of collisions by keeping traffic moving within the proposed express toll lane system. This highway-to-highway connection will solve weaving issues associated with drivers exiting the carpool or express toll lanes, merging onto I-405 or SR 167, and merging across traffic again to the carpool or express toll lanes. The result will be improved operations for both general purpose lanes and carpool or express toll lanes, providing benefits for all travelers, including transit.
- Environment: This project will create better opportunities for drivers to use the SR 167 express toll lanes. Operating express toll lanes results in more reliable speeds and optimal lane performance, thus creating environmental benefits. By improving transit operations, increasing transit and carpool ridership, and improving traffic flow, we can decrease air pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions. This project will also install a noise wall, build storm water management facilities, and upgrade or replace stream crossings at I-405 and SR 167 to promote fish passage.
- Economic stimulus: This project provides better transit access to affordable housing and employment centers. It also improves congestion, expanding freight mobility to the Green River Valley cities' warehousing and distribution centers. A major construction project like this one can create hundreds of jobs quickly across numerous trades.
What is the project timeline?
Winter 2013/14: Complete Environmental Assessment re-evaluation.
January 2015: Complete preliminary engineering, right-of-way work.
Construction and project opening schedule will depend on funding availability.
How can I get more information?
I-405 Corridor Program
600 108th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
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