I-5 Tacoma Mall Boulevard Access Study

I-5 Tacoma Mall Boulevard Access Ramp Study Map

Study news

The Online Open House and Survey is available now through Thursday, May 2. Here's where you can learn online about the study, see the improvement strategies being considered, and give us your feedback by taking the online survey.

Please save the dates for our public meetings and survey (pdf 2.5mb). WSDOT will hold a public open house on April 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way in Tacoma to talk about the study. Attendees will be able to provide suggestions and comment on potential solutions and learn about the next steps to addressing traffic congestion and supporting regional growth. A short presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by an opportunity to view displays around the room with staff available to answer questions. 

Study Purpose

WSDOT will study strategies to reduce congestion on I-5 at the 38th Street Interchange and local streets (S. 38th Street/Steele Street Intersection) in partnership with the City of Tacoma and others. This area of I-5 experiences frequent traffic delays primarily in the southbound I-5 direction to westbound S. 38th Street to Steele Street intersecting with Tacoma Mall Boulevard. The study will analyze current and future recommendations for improving traffic flow around the Tacoma Mall area using the Practical Solutions planning approach. 

The End Result

The study will identify strategies to reduce traffic congestion and address future demands both to and from the Tacoma Mall area for travelers. Furthermore, the study information will be used to identify a preferred alternative, which may include improvements to the interchange, and local streets.


Funding for this study is provided by the Washington State Motor Vehicle Account. A total of $500,000 has been allocated. 


October - December 2018

  • Study scope of work
  • Preliminary analysis
  • Stakeholder communication

January - April 2019

  • Community outreach
  • Data analysis

May - June 2019

  • Make recommendations
  • Complete study report
  • Publish report


Dennis Engel, Multimodal Planning Manager

Forest Sutmiller, Study Lead

Cara Mitchell, Communications Consultant