We built HOV lanes to ease congestion on this heavily-traveled section of I-5. This project added almost three miles of northbound and southbound I-5, totaling to almost six HOV lane miles.
This project is part of the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program, a series of highway projects to provide operational improvements and high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-5, SR 16 and SR 167.
This shovel-ready project was selected as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $35.3 million in ARRA funds supported construction activities and an estimated 130 jobs.
- HOV lanes. HOV lanes provide an alternative transportation mode to those who are able to share the ride. The HOV lanes in this project join with the HOV lanes in King County, extending the statewide HOV system.
- Congestion relief. This project relieves I-5 congestion by adding new HOV lanes.
- Real-time traffic information. Traffic cameras at strategic locations inform travelers of traffic conditions on electronic signs, local television stations and the Web.
- Highway preservation. This project repaves all lanes of I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to the King County, providing motorists a smoother ride and preserving the roadway.
HOV lanes help transit, vanpools and carpools move efficiently, especially when traffic is congested in the general-purpose lanes. This reliability tends to increase ridership in multi-passenger vehicles, easing demand in the general-purpose lanes and making the highway system work better for everyone.
| Protects Environment
Environmental mitigation for the project was completed in 2007. Learn more about Spring Valley Restoration.
Partnerships & Cooperation
|Financial Data for PIN 300504A, 300504B
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
Includes 2009 Federal Stimulus (ARRA) - $35.4 million
Claudia Bingham Baker, Communications Manager
WSDOT Olympic Region
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