Pierce County construction

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This page was updated on: Dec. 7, 2018 

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

New ramp to southbound I-5 in Tacoma opens

Travelers who use Interstate 705, State Route 7 and Pacific Avenue to reach southbound I-5 now have a shorter detour in place to reach southbound I-5. On Friday, Nov. 16, design-build contractor Skanska opened a temporary ramp that connects drivers coming from Tacoma’s city center to southbound I-5 at an earlier location near the SR 16 exit.

Opening this new ramp to southbound I-5 allowed crews to remove temporary tubular markers that, for six months, have restricted eastbound SR 16 drivers from accessing the west side of South 38th Street. By removing the temporary markers, drivers will have access to both east and west South 38th Street from all directions of I-5 and SR 16.

Read more about this work on the WSDOT Blog.

Temporary ramp to southbound I-5 for Tacoma city center drivers
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McKinley Way overpass now open

After a two-year closure, a key downtown Tacoma thoroughfare, the McKinley Way overpass, reopened on Friday, Nov. 16, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The new bridge opened to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. One sidewalk remains closed for continued construction. Drivers may see single lane closures or flaggers at the intersection of East McKinley Way and East D Street on occasion while crews finish the sidewalk and adjacent retaining wall work.

The new overpass sports two 10-foot-wide sidewalks, two six-foot-wide bicycle paths, a median and a left-turn lane. The original McKinley Way configuration had narrower 6-foot-wide sidewalks and had no dedicated bicycle lanes, median or turn lane. A diagram of the before and after design is available online. Read the full news release on the WSDOT web page.

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. 

Coming soon: Changes to Bay Street near I-5 in Tacoma

Drivers who use East Bay Street under the Interstate 5 overpass in Tacoma will soon see two-way traffic and new travel options near the I-5 overpass and East 28th Street and East 27th Street.

 During the week of Dec. 10, lanes leading to a new roundabout at East 29th Street and S Street will open. Drivers coming from S Street will be able to travel north on East Bay Street, under I-5, and onto southbound I-5. The graphic below describes the new traffic movements.

Changes to Bay Street near I-5 in Tacoma
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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

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule

Night work
Friday, Dec. 7

  • 10 p.m.
    • South 38th Street ramp to northbound SR 7 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • 11:59 p.m.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close until to 6 a.m. the following day.
    • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
    • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
    • Northbound SR 7, southbound I-705 and Pacific Avenue ramps to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
    • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.

Monday, Dec. 10

  • 10 p.m.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close until to 6 a.m. the following day.  
  • 11 p.m.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.
    • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near South 48th Street until 4 a.m. the following day.
    • A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.
    • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
    • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

  • 10 p.m.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close until to 6 a.m. the following day.
    • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
    • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • 11 p.m.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.
    • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near South 48th Street until 4 a.m. the following day.
    • A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

  • 11 p.m.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.
    • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near South 48th Street until 4 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, Dec. 13

  • 11 p.m.
    • Eastbound and westbound South 56th Street on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close until 4 a.m. the following day.
    • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near South 56th Street until 4 a.m. the following day. Drivers will be able to exit at eastbound or westbound South 56th Street, however the collector/distributor lane past the westbound South 56th Street ramp will be closed.

Friday, Dec. 14

  • 11:59 p.m.
    • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close until 6 a.m. the following day.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • Contractor crews finishing the I-5/M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project are testing pipe drains in the project. 
  • Contractor crews are building a new alignment for southbound I-5 near the SR 16 interchange. The new alignment makes room for direct connect HOV lanes to be built between the two highways. To do this work, southbound I-5 traffic is shifted onto a temporary alignment.  Crews are installing panels on the new southbound I-5 bridge structure, which requires closing the eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5. Crews will also install signs and refresh the lane striping when the weather allows.

Temporary southbound I-5 configuration at SR 16 through early 2019
Design build contactor Skanska has moved all lanes of southbound I-5 onto a new temporary lane configuration so crews can begin demolishing and rebuilding southbound I-5 at the SR 16 interchange. The temporary configuration is expected to remain in place through 2018. Here is what drivers need to know:

  • 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.

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. 

 

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: See below: 

  • Overnight drivers can anticipate single-lane closures Monday through Wednesday on northbound I-5 between 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. each following day.

Ramp closures
Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close. Drivers will be detoured to southbound I-5 exit 120 at 41st Division to northbound I-5 and back to Berkeley Street.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close. Drivers will detour using either northbound I-5 or Union Avenue to Thorne Lane, to southbound I-5.

Thursday, Dec. 13 from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close. Drivers will detour using southbound I-5 exit 120 at 41st Division to northbound I-5 and back to Berkeley Street.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close. Drivers will detour using either northbound I-5 or Union Avenue to Thorne Lane, to southbound I-5.

SR 16, Union Ave to Jackson Ave. - ADA Ramps
Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 3
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3000
Description: Crews will replace existing curb ramps and upgrade crosswalk signs.
Work Schedule: No work scheduled.

Highway: 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: Work has been temporarily suspended for materials. Once work resumes, construction hours are from 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 closed to all traffic on May 21, 2018. Check the project web page for the latest reopening date.
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: No ramp closures are scheduled.
Project web page.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 129.4 to 131.2
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
Description: Luminaire repair on both directions of I-5 between 48th street and 72nd street in Tacoma. Early morning drivers will see the left lane closed.
Work Schedule: 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 137
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on northbound I-5 in Fife. The right shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 10.8 to 1.7
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Highway sweeping on eastbound SR 16 from Gig Harbor to Tacoma. Work will occur in the outside lanes and shoulder.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 to 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 10.8 to 1.7
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sweeping the exits and on-ramps on both directions of SR 16 between Gig Harbor and Tacoma.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 to 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. 

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Claudia Bingham-Baker, 360-357-2789
Description: The SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge has been permanently closed due to settlement observed in one of its piers. A detour is in effect using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165.
Work Schedule: Closed until further notice.

Highway: SR 165 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 17.7
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Local utility company is replacing a failed underground power line adjacent to SR 165 at Carbonado-South Prairie Road. Daytime drivers will see alternating one-way traffic or a shouder closure.
Work Schedule: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 14.  

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 6.1 to 7.7
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Local utility company is placing aerial communication lines on existing poles adjacent to SR 302. Daytime drivers will see alternating one-way traffic.
Work Schedule: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Tuesday, Dec. 11.  

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 4.2 to 3.1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Cable repair on westbound SR 512 near Waller Road East. The left lane will be closed.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 11
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Daytime guardrail repair on westbound SR 512 near East Pioneer Avenue. The right shoulder will be closed during the repair.
Work Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Highway: I-705 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 1.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sweeping the shoulders on both directions of I-705.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 to 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

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.