Pierce County construction

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WSDOT recently combined our www.TacomaTraffic.com webpage and our Pierce County construction and maintenance report into one page. This way, viewers can see a complete picture of all the work taking place on state highways in Pierce County, on one page.

This page was last updated on: Oct. 16, 2018 

Southbound I-5 exit 136 to Port of Tacoma Road closure

  • From 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 to 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, the southbound I-5 exit 136 to the Port of Tacoma Road will close.
  • From 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, the southbound I-5 exit 136 to the Port of Tacoma Road will close.
  • This closure is for the City of Fife's Port of Tacoma Road Interchange Improvement project.

I-5 in final lane configuration near Tacoma Dome and I-705

Contractor crews finishing the I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project near the Tacoma Dome have moved both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 5 into final configuration. As of Wednesday, Oct. 10, the eastbound State Route 16 ramp to northbound I-5 returned to two lanes of traffic. The Washington State Department of Transportation recognizes that the long-term lane closure caused delays and inconveniences to travelers and would like to thank them for their patience.

Read the latest on the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction at the WSDOT Blog.


Changes made to southbound I-5 lanes in Fife

Travelers who use southbound Interstate approaching 54th Avenue East in Fife are seeing the following new lane designations:

  • WSDOT shortened the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restriction so it opens to all traffic further north, near the Fife curve. Crews also restriped the right lane of southbound I-5 to designate it as an exit only to 54th Avenue East.
  • This temporary striping change will remain in place until the I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project is complete. The design-build project will begin in early 2019. 

Daytime closure of SR 7 ramp in Tacoma continues

  • Contractor crews finishing the I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project will continue to close the southbound I-5 ramp to SR 7 during daytime hours Monday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 19 for stormpond work.
  • The closure will begin each day after the morning commute at 9 a.m. and will be in place until 3 p.m. The ramp will reopen for the late afternoon and evening commute. The adjacent southbound I-5 ramp to I-705 will remain open.
  • This daytime ramp closure will be implemented as needed through the remainder of 2018. WSDOT will announce future daytime closures as are scheduled.

I-5/South 38th Street intersection 

  • Updated information on the I-5/South 38th Street interchange work was announced Friday, Oct. 5. This work has been postponed until 2019. 

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV
Highway:
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 132.8 - 134.4
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project rebuilds Pacific Avenue and McKinley Way bridges spanning I-5. It builds a new northbound SR 7/I-705 bridge, and widens I-5 to accommodate northbound and southbound HOV lanes from M Street to the vicinity of the L Street bridge.
Project web page

I-5 - SR 16 Realignment - HOV Structure and Connections
Highway(s):
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) SR 16 0.1 to .7 I-5 130.9 to 133.5
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project is the final of a three stage effort to rebuild the Nalley Valley interchange. During the final phase, crews will build ramps that create new HOV lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The project will also realign I-5 to accommodate HOV ramps.
Project web page

I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Northbound HOV
Highway:
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 134 - 136
Contacts: Chuck Meade, 360-412-3420
Description: This project builds new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and Fife, and a new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.
Project web page

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule
Night lane closures

  • Overnight single- and double-lane closures are scheduled for both directions of Interstate 5 between South 48th Street in Tacoma and Fife, and on both directions of State Route 16 near South Sprague Avenue.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

Monday, Oct. 15

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-705 and the A Street on-ramp and the southbound SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-705, Pacific Avenue on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Oct. 18

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor ramps to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Oct. 19

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-705 and the A Street on-ramp and the southbound SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • Contractor crews finishing two of four HOV projects in Tacoma are getting ready to move northbound Interstate 5 into its final lane configurations. Crews are also finishing drainage work, stormponds, the McKinley Way overpass, and installing landscaping. The I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Northbound HOV project and the I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project are expected to finish in late October or early November. 

Major milestone: New northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opens to traffic
Crews working for WSDOT to build the I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Northbound HOV project have reached an important milestone in WSDOT's ongoing efforts to extend HOV lanes into Pierce County. All travelers on northbound I-5 are now driving across the new Puyallup River Bridge. Moving all traffic onto the new bridge marks the project's final major stage of construction. The project is expected to finish later this year. You can view photos of this project on the WSDOT Flickr account.

Temporary southbound I-5 configuration at SR 16 through 2018
Design build contactor Skanska has moved all lanes of southbound I-5 onto a new temporary lane configuration. Here is what drivers need to know about this temporary traffic shift:

Southbound I-5 to westbound SR 16

  • Drivers on southbound I-5 headed to westbound SR 16 will merge to the right between Pacific Avenue and Yakima Avenue to reach the exit to SR 16. This is the same location where drivers currently merge. We mention this because you won't be able to merge over to westbound SR 16 at the last minute. Drivers who miss SR 16 exit can continue on southbound I-5 and exit at S. 56th Street east to northbound I-5 to SR 16.

Eastbound SR 16, I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue to southbound I-5
Travelers on eastbound SR 16 and in downtown Tacoma headed to southbound I-5 will also experience a change in their normal route.

  • Drivers heading to southbound I-5 from I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue are directed onto the South 38th Street exit, and will rejoin southbound I-5 near South 48th Street via the collector/distributor.
  • Eastbound SR 16 travelers headed to the Tacoma Mall will not be able to exit to westbound South 38th Street. Drivers will be directed via southbound I-5 and exit at South 56th Street, and will be routed back north to westbound South 38th Street. See detour map below:

Map showing eastbound SR 16 to S 38th Street west detour

Photo of southbound I-5 traffic switch in Tacoma

View image on Flickr.

This traffic shift creates a new workzone so crews can begin demolishing and rebuilding southbound I-5 at the SR 16 interchange. Crews will also build the connecting HOV lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The temporary configuration is expected to remain in place through 2018.

McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt

  • East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic while crews rebuild the overpass to accommodate a wider I-5. The new overpass is expected to reopen in fall 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.

 
Pierce County Construction

I-5 - Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. to Thorne Lane - Corridor Improvements
Highway:
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 120-124
Contact: Chuck Meade, 360-412-3420
Description: WSDOT is rebuilding the interchanges at Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street, and adding general purpose and auxiliary lanes to I-5.
Project web page
Work Schedule:

  • Nightly shoulder and lane closures on both directions of I-5 in the project limits, and at Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane interchanges each night, Monday - Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • Northbound I-5 exit 122 to Berkeley Street and the Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. A signed detour will be in place.

SR 16, Union Ave to Jackson Ave. - ADA Ramps
Highway:
SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 1.9 to 3.5
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3000
Description: Crews will replace existing curb ramps and upgrade crosswalk signs.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

SR 410, Buckley - Rebuild Signal
Highway:
410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6-21.4
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6700
Description: Contractor crews will replace three existing signals at the SR 410 intersections of Mundy Loss Road, Main Street and Park Avenue with new mast arm signal systems using current technology and equipment. Crews will also rebuild sidewalk ramps at the intersections of SR 410 and Main Street and Park Avenue.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No work is scheduled on Fridays or weekends. Shoulder closure on both directions of SR 410 at Mundy Loss Road, Park Avenue and Main Street. Drivers will also see occasional overnight lane closures.

City of Tacoma Puyallup River Bridge Replacement
Contact: Chris Storey, City of Tacoma Project Manager, 253-573-2484
Description: The City of Tacoma is removing and replacing three spans of the bridge west of the Puyallup River.
Work Schedule: The bridge will close to all traffic from May 21, 2018 through February 2019.
Project web page

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: Laurel McQuade, City of Fife, 253-922-9315
Description: City of Fife is underway Phase 1 of this project, which brings road, interchange and intersection improvements to the Port of Tacoma.
Work Schedule: Southbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 until 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22.
Project web page.

Tacoma Power Potlatch Lines Henderson Bay Crossing Rebuild
Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 15.6 to 15.7
Contact: Chris Gleason, Tacoma Power, 253-502-8222
Description: Tacoma Power is replacing infrastructure at Henderson Bay. Crews will dismantle old power line towers. Nighttime drivers will see alternating traffic controlled by flaggers..
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 137
Contact: Cara Mitchell, 360-357-2703
Description: Crews will re-stripe the far right lane of southbound I-5 approaching 54th Avenue East in Fife as an exit only lane. Overnight drivers will see three right lanes closed. The southbound I-5 exit 137 to 54th Avenue East will close overnight. Work is weather dependent.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 to  10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 130
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Park and Ride maintenance at South 56th Street and South Alaska Street. The lots will remain closed until further notice. The lots were closed Wednesday, Oct. 3 for asphalt preservation work. The sealant that was applied has not fully cured, therefore the lots cannot reopen until it does cure.
Work Schedule: The lots are closed until further notice.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 23.4 to 23.8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on both directions of SR 7 north of Alder Lake. Alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers. 
Work Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16. 

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 19.8 to 20.5
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews for Comcast will install underground communication lines between 198th St E to 187 St E. Drivers will encounter a southbound shoulder closure during daytime hours. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 25.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 19.7
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews for Comcast will install overhead communication lines. Drivers will encounter a single lane closure in each direction controlled by flaggers. 
Work Schedule: 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 4.7 to 4.8
Contact: Devin Maher, 360-570-6745
Description: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers for utility work north of Orville Rd. E.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 17.8 to 22
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Crack sealing on both directions of SR 161. Overnight drivers will see mobile left and right lane closures.
Work Schedule: Each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18.  

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 32 to 33
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin repair on northbound SR 161 in Milton. A single northbound lane will be closed.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Steve McIntyre, 360-357-2655
Description: The SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge has been permanently closed due to settlement observed in one if its piers. A detour is in effect using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165.
Work Schedule: Closed until further notice.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.6 to 11.3
Contact: David Evans, 360-570-6746
Description: Utility crews for Peninsula Lighting Company will temporarily relocate power facilities to accomodate future WSDOT fish passage projects. Drivers will encounter weeknight overnight lane closures. Expect delays.
Work Schedule: Each weekday beginning 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 2.5 to 2.3
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Crack sealing westbound SR 512 near SR 7. Overnight drivers will see a mobile left lane closure.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

 

 

Slow down and Give 'em a Brake
Drivers are advised to give themselves extra travel time and become familiar with current ramp closures and detour routes on Interstate 5 in Tacoma before heading out the door. If you're driving at night, please slow down in work zones and avoid distracted driving. Help keep our work crews safe. Slow down, pay attention, and stay calm. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. They're there to improve the roads for everyone. It's a drivers' own interest to be safe in work zones. Statewide, more than 96 percent of people injured in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians.