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Tacoma Area Construction

NEW!  Shifted lanes on northbound I-5 near Tacoma Mall
Northbound I-5 realignment near the Tacoma Mall
Contractor crews have re-striped and shifted northbound I-5 lanes to the west near the Tacoma Mall. This temporary lane configuration, shown in this linked graphic, is in place through mid-November.

Northbound I-5 exit #133 to Tacoma city center closed until mid-November 2017 

If you are visiting Tacoma using northbound I-5 for graduations or concerts at the Tacoma Dome, or taking in the Tall Ships Festival, be sure to plan ahead and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. While WSDOT has the popular northbound I-5 Tacoma city center exit #133 closed for construction, the good news is, the detour route is easy.

Contractor crews building HOV connections between I-5 and SR 16 have closed the northbound I-5 city center exit #133 through mid-November 2017. Northbound I-5 drivers headed to I-705 and SR 7 can use exit #132, which is the SR 16 and 38th Street exit and is located just before #133. You can watch a video of the detour on WSDOT's YouTube channel.

  • This project is the third of three designed to improve the I-5/SR 16 interchange and provide a direct connection of HOV lanes between the two highways. WSDOT and the design-build team Skanska and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff produced a second video that gives drivers a better understanding of the overall project.

Weekly HOV ramp and lane closure schedule

Overnight single- and double-lane closures on both directions of I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and the Tacoma Mall are scheduled multiple nights next week between the hours of 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day. The work is weather dependent. 

Friday, May 26

  • Northbound SR 7 and southbound I-705 ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, May 30
• Southbound I-705 to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• 28th Street / Bay Street ramp to northbound SR 167 will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, May 31
• I-705 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, June 1
• Pacific Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Northbound SR 7 and southbound I-705 ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each following day.

Friday, June 2
• Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. each following day.

Check out new construction photos on WSDOT's Flickr account!

NB SR 7 ramp to SB I-5 closed for construction

  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 is expected to reopen in fall 2017. The ramp remains closed for safety purposes during construction.

HOV makeover in Tacoma requires squeeze at SR 16/I-5 connection
Eastbound SR 16 drivers near I-5 can expect delays, congestion through summer 2017

Crews are building a new path for northbound I-5 in Tacoma The eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is reduced to one lane through summer 2017.

The work zone space created by reducing eastbound SR 16 to one lane at northbound I-5 allows crews to build new road approaches to the newly constructed bridge over Interstate 705/State Route 7. Very soon, that new bridge will carry all northbound I-5 traffic, and existing northbound I-5 lanes will be converted to HOV lanes.

Eastbound SR 16 travelers merging onto northbound I-5 can expect congestion and delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commute hours.

This temporary configuration will go back to 2 lanes during the next phase of construction, which is expected to begin late July or early August. Crews will need to reduce the lanes back down one final time before the project is complete. We appreciate everyone's patience.

McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt

  • East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic so crews can rebuild the overpass to accommodate a wider I-5. The roadway isn't expected to reopen to traffic until late winter 2018.  Until the overpass is rebuilt, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to the rebuilt Pacific Avenue overpass. Rebuilding both overpasses is part of the effort to expand I-5 HOV lanes into Tacoma.