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PLEASE NOTE: Most activities are subject to good weather conditions and work plans are subject to weather-related adjustments.

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The following construction and maintenance activities are scheduled for March 27 through April 3, 2015.

WSDOT has numerous projects to improve safety, ease congestion and maintain infrastructure. View the region-wide interactive map .

Use the WSDOT GeoPortal tool to locate specific locations on state highways.

View Clallam County summer construction map (pdf 214kb)

CONSTRUCTION

US 101 Shore Road to Kitchen-Dick Road
Jerry Moore, 360-565-0622
TIME/DAYS: See information below:  
DESCRIPTION: This project widened US 101 from two lanes to four in Clallam County from Shore Road to Kitchen-Dick Road.
LOCATION: Both directions from mileposts 265 to 261.
EXPECT: Starting in early April, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin final paving activities. During that time, crews will begin the process of applying the final layer of asphalt on US 101 between Shore Road and Kitchen-Dick Road. Drivers can expect daytime paving in one direction at a time. During paving, drivers will see single lane closures. All paving is weather-dependent. 
 
MAINTENANCE



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View Grays Harbor County summer construction map (pdf 160kb)


CONSTRUCTION 

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE 

US 12, Aberdeen
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 1-2.
DESCRIPTION: Bridge cleaning.
LOCATION: Westbound at Wishkah Street Bridge at milepost 0.5.
EXPECT: Right lane closure.

US 12, Aberdeen
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 27.
DESCRIPTION: Bridge cleaning.
LOCATION: Eastbound at Heron Street Bridge at milepost 0.08.
EXPECT: Right lane closure.

US 12, Montesano
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install fiber optic line.
LOCATION: Westbound exit to Devonshire Road.
EXPECT: Exit shoulder closure.

US 12, Porter
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 30-April 1.
DESCRIPTION: Debris removal.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 28 to 26.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

US 12, Elma to Grand Mound
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2.
DESCRIPTION: Sign washing and guide post repair.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 21 to 46.5.
EXPECT: Right lane closure.

US 101, Hoquiam
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. 
DESCRIPTION: Contractor will prepare area for water pipeline replacement project.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 90.7 to 93.5 near Ocean Beach Road.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closures and intermittent one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

US 101, Artic
Randy Moody, 360-538-8532
TIME/DAYS: Around the clock.
DESCRIPTION: Temporary repairs following previous roadway settlement.
LOCATION: Both directions at milepost 72.6 at Rock Crusher Hill.
EXPECT: Two-way traffic has been restored. A temporary 25 mph speed reduction will remain in place until further notice. Drivers are advised that additional rain could retrigger the slide. WSDOT anticipates  construction on a permanent repair will begin this summer.

SR 107, US 101 to Montesano
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through April 17.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will conduct vegetation management.
LOCATION: Both directions in various locations along SR 107.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

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Jefferson County



View Jefferson County summer construction map (pdf 214kb)


CONSTRUCTION

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE 

US 101, near Mason-Jefferson county line
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: Around-the-clock lane closure until further notice.
DESCRIPTION: Rain-damaged northbound shoulder.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 316.5.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic. Speed limit reduced to 25 mph.

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View Kitsap County summer construction map (pdf 415kb)

CONSTRUCTION

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE 

No maintenance activities scheduled this week.

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Mason County


View Mason County summer construction map (pdf 415kb)


CONSTRUCTION

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE 

SR 3, Belfair
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31-April 1.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will access underground line.
LOCATION: Both directions at milepost 27.3.
EXPECT: Northbound left lane closure and southbound traffic shift. 
 
US 101, between Shelton and SR 108
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, March 31-April 2.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder repair.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 344 to 356.
EXPECT: Lane shifts and shoulder closers.

US 101, near Mason-Jefferson County line
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: Around-the-clock lane closure until further notice.
DESCRIPTION: Rain-damaged northbound shoulder.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 316.5.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic and speed limit reduced to 25 mph.
 
SR 108, Kamilche
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 30-April 1.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will make repairs to a service line.
LOCATION: Westbound at milepost 7.1.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 302, Victor
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install a power pole and overhead lines.
LOCATION: Both directions at milepost 3.8.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

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View Pierce County summer construction map (pdf 456kb)

CONSTRUCTION


I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV
Jon Deffenbacher, 253-365-6700
TIME/DAYS: See details below
DESCRIPTION: This project lays the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma.
LOCATION: Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St. to Portland Ave. from milepost 132.8 to 135.2.
EXPECT: See below.

Ramp Closures:

Friday, March 27
At 11 p.m., the northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close. The exit will reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning.

At 12:01 a.m., the southbound I-705 exit to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 will close until 4 a.m.

Wednesday, April 1
At 10 p.m., the southbound SR 167/Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.

At 11 p.m., the northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to southbound SR 7 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.

Friday, April 3
At 12:01 a.m., the northbound I-5 collector/distributor exit to SR 7 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.

Lane and shoulder closures
From Monday through Thursday, March 30-April 2, drivers may encounter night lane and shoulder closures on I-5, SR 7, and the northbound I-5 collector/distributor lane (from State Route 16 and 38th Street).

Around the clock ramp closures

  • The southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 remains closed for construction of a stormwater retention pond.
  • The northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 remains closed until spring 2015 for bridge construction.
  • The A-Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 remains closed until spring 2017 for bridge construction.


Upcoming extended closure of Pacific Avenue overpass in Tacoma:
In early April, work to demolish and rebuild the Pacific Avenue overpass will begin. The overpass will be closed around the clock for 11 months or longer, depending on weather. All Pacific Avenue traffic will be detoured. If all goes according to schedule, in March 2016 the Pacific Avenue overpass will reopen to two lanes - one lane of traffic in each direction. Two months later in May, 2016, all lanes will reopen over the new Pacific Avenue overpass.

I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Northbound HOV
Neal Uhlmeyer, 360-412-3420
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: This project lays the foundation for new HOV facilities that start in Tacoma and join existing HOV lanes in Fife.
LOCATION: Northbound I-5 between East Portland Avenue and Port of Tacoma Road.
EXPECT: See details below.

Friday, March 27
At 11 p.m., the northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 will close. The exit will reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning.

At 12:01 a.m., the southbound I-705 exit to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 will close until 4 a.m.


Continuing road closure:
A segment of 20th Street East in Fife has closed to all traffic around-the-clock until spring 2017.


I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management  
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "smart highway" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communication traffic conditions to the public. Hardware includes ramp meters, variable-message-signs and closed-circuit TV cameras.
LOCATION: Both directions of I-5 from Hawks Prairie in Lacey to Lakewood, from mileposts 111 to 127.
EXPECT: During summer 2015, a series of ramp meters will be activated along Interstate 5 between State Route 510 and State Route 512.

I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-8500
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: This project grinds down the old pavement, repairs damaged areas and resurfaces segments of Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lakewood. The project also repaired I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION: Northbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 102.5, southbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 106.1, and southbound I-5 from milepost 116.7 to 124.2. It also includes the ramps at Tumwater Blvd. and Center Drive in Thurston and Pierce counties
EXPECT: Overnight work involving ramp and multiple lane closures on southbound I-5 in Lakewood and northbound I-5 in Tumwater.

Thurston County
No work scheduled this week.

Pierce County 
No work scheduled this week. 


SR 16 – Olympic Drive NW Bridge – Special Repair
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: In this project , WSDOT is repairing the damaged bridge girder by installing a new girder on the westbound half of the bridge. In addition, the westbound lanes will be restriped to gain higher vertical clearance.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 16 near Olympic Drive NW and Olympic Drive NW itself.
EXPECT:  No scheduled traffic impacts.

SR 161, 24th Street East to Milton Way
Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 
DESCRIPTION: This project, which eases congestion by adding lanes and managing access, is focusing on general cleanup and punch list items.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 161 from milepost 32.1 to 33.3.
EXPECT: No traffic impacts. 

     
SR 162, Puyallup River Bridge
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
DESCRIPTION: Crews will build a replacement for the Puyallup River Bridge.
LOCATION: Both directions at the Puyallup River Bridge from milepost 6.6 to 7.1.
EXPECT: Shoulder closures and short-term traffic stops.

SR 167, Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement
Brenden Clarke, 360-357-2606
TIME/DAYS: See schedule below.
DESCRIPTION: Crews are building a new northbound bridge. Crews moved the older SR 167 steel truss bridge to the east, so a new bridge can be built in its place. 
LOCATION: SR 167, 4th Street, and Levee Road under the Puyallup River Bridge.
EXPECT: From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, drivers on 4th Street may encounter one-way alternating traffic with flaggers. From 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, drivers on Levee Road may encounter one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

MAINTENANCE  

I-5, Tacoma
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Southbound at milepost 132.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

I-5, Tacoma
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 30.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 127 to 131.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure for mobile operation.

I-5, Nisqually to Lakewood
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 115 to 127.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure for mobile operation.

I-5, Tacoma to Lakewood
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31-April 1.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 124 to 131.
EXPECT: Lane closure for mobile operation.

I-5, Fife to King County line
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 136 to 139.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure for mobile operation.

I-5, Lakewood
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 125.6.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 16, Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Tyler Patterson, 206-716-1134
TIME/DAYS: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, April 1-2.
DESCRIPTION: Tolling equipment maintenance.
LOCATION: Eastbound SR 16, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Plaza.
EXPECT: Crews will close the 24th Street Northwest on-ramp to eastbound SR 16 at 8 p.m. All eastbound SR 16 lanes will close by 10 p.m. During the closure, all eastbound SR 16 vehicles will be detoured through toll booths. All lanes and the 24th Street ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. each following morning.

SR 16, Tacoma
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 0 to 3.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure for mobile operation.

SR 162, near Prairie Creek Bridge 
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through March 30.
DESCRIPTION: Vegetation management.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 162 from milepost 13 to 19.7. 
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers.

SR 162, South Prairie
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will repair power pole.
LOCATION: Both directions at milepost 18.2 west of Munday Loss Road.
EXPECT:  One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 165, near intersection of SR 162 
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through March 30.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will be trimming trees away from overhead power lines.
LOCATION: Northbound SR 165 from milepost 19.5 to 21.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers. 

SR 302, Key Peninsula
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, April 14-16.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will conduct vegetation management.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 13.3 to 14.1 and 14.9 to 15.3.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 512, South Hill
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Eastbound at milepost 9.8.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

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Thurston County


View Thurston County summer construction map (pdf 224kb)

CONSTRUCTION


I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-8500
TIME/DAYS: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday.
DESCRIPTION: This project grinds down the old pavement, repairs damaged areas and resurfaces segments of Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lakewood.  It also includes the ramps at Tumwater Blvd. and Center Drive in Thurston and Pierce counties. The project will also repair I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION: Northbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 102.5, southbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 106.1, and southbound I-5 from milepost 116.7 to 124.2.
EXPECT: See below:

Thurston County:
No scheduled work this week.

Pierce County:
No scheduled work this week.

I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below: 
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "smart highway" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communication traffic conditions to the public. Hardware includes ramp meters, variable-message-signs and closed-circuit TV cameras.
LOCATION: I-5 from SR 510 to SR 512.
EXPECT: During summer 2015, a series of ramp meters will be activated along Interstate 5 between State Route 510 and State Route 512. 


MAINTENANCE 

I-5, Tumwater
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.
DESCRIPTION: Tree maintenance.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 99 to 98.6.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closer.

I-5, Nisqually
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder repair.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 116.5 to 114.4.
EXPECT: Left, right, and shoulder closures.

US 101, Olympia
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 1-2.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Southbound US 101 from milepost 366 to 367.2 near Crosby Boulevard Southwest.
EXPECT: Left lane closure.

US 101, Olympia
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 30.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Southbound at milepost 364.4 near Kaiser Road Southwest.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 510, Lacey
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday and Friday, April 2-3.
DESCRIPTION: Crack sealing.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost .05 to 3.7 between I-5 and Pacific Avenue Southeast.
EXPECT: Left and right lane closures.


Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.

Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.

Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.

If possible, avoid work zones by using alternate routes.

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