Pierce County construction

View 2018-2019 Pierce County construction map (pdf 340 kb)

This page was updated on: April 21, 2019 

Read the WSDOT Blog about upcoming construction activity happening this spring on I-5 in Pierce County.

Tacoma's South 38th Street reopens to all traffic

Sunday, April 21

  • Contractor crews building connecting HOV lanes between State Route 16 and Interstate 5 have re-opened South 38th Street to all traffic in Tacoma. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation worked through the overnight hours of April 20 to complete the work.
  • As of 5 a.m. Sunday, April 21, southbound I-5 and eastbound SR 16 drivers exiting to South 38th Street can turn right or left at the top of the ramp. Traffic at the top of the ramp is now controlled by a temporary traffic signal.
  • The southbound I-5 ramp to westbound South 38th Street is now closed for reconstruction.
  • Travelers coming from I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue are now shifted onto one lane across the new southbound I-5 bridge. From there, drivers now have the opportunity to exit to South 38th Street or continue to southbound I-5.
Eastbound SR 16 to southbound I-5 after eastbound S. 38th Street reopens

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Changes for eastbound SR 16 travelers to southbound I-5 through June

WSDOT contractor Skanska has implemented a traffic shift  for eastbound SR 16 travelers headed to southbound I-5.

  • Drivers on eastbound SR 16 going to southbound I-5 need to merge left after Union Avenue to reach southbound I-5.
  • From there, they will follow the signs to southbound I-5 and travel across newly built HOV lanes that have been temporarily striped as general purpose lanes.
  • There is no change for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5. 
  • The South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 is also closed through June.
  • The closures allow crews to rebuild the southbound collector/distributor lane that runs between eastbound State Route 16 and southbound I-5, and the South 38th Street ramps. Signed detours will be in place. 
Eastbound SR 16 to SB I-5 temporary alignment in April 2019

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South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 closed for construction

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Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

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 - Southbound HOV
Highway(s): I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 136 to133
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project is the final funded HOV project that builds a new southbound I-5 bridge across the Puyallup River and rebuilds the L Street overpass, and widens I-5 to install and complete the HOV system on I-5 in Tacoma.
Project web page

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule

Monday, April 22

  • Portland Avenue/27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close between Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to 28th Street from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 23

  • Portland Avenue/27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close between Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to 28th Street from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 24

  • Portland Avenue/27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close between Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to 28th Street from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, April 25

  • Portland Avenue/27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 ramp to westbound SR 16 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close between Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to 28th Street from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Friday, April 26

  • Northbound I-5 ramp to westbound SR 16 will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Portland Avenue/27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close between Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to 28th Street from 11:59 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Overnight lane closures:

  • Drivers are advised to be prepared for up to three lanes closed on both directions of I-5 from 54th Avenue East in Fife to South 48th Street in Tacoma, and single lane closures on eastbound State Route 16 near South Sprague Avenue.
  • All lanes of southbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. during the week, and by 8 a.m. on weekends.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 are scheduled to reopen by 4 a.m. during the week, and by 7 a.m. on weekends.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • On I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and East L Street, contractor crews are rebuilding the center median for a future traffic shift. Crews are removing the East L Street overpass and associated bridge piers.
  • 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 moving into a new stage of construction that reubilds the eastbound SR 16 collector/distributor lanes to southbound I-5. Crews are refreshing the lane striping as weather allows.

 

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:

  • Daytime shoulder closures on both directions of I-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the project limits.
  • Overnight single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 each night from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following day.
  • No two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

Friday, April 19

  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near 41st Division Drive. Lane closures will begin at 10:30 p.m. with all lanes reopened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from Thorne Lane to 41st Division Drive. Lane closures begin at 10:30 p.m. with all lanes reopened at 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, April 20

  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near 41st Division Drive. Lane closures begin at 9:30 p.m. with all lanes reopened at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Northbound I-5 on- and off-ramps at 41st Division Drive will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from Thorne Lane to 41st Division Drive. Lane closures begin at 10:30 p.m. with all lanes reopened at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Monday, April 22

  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 23

  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 24

  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, April 25

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Friday, April 26

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

 

SR 7, Pedestrian Crossing - Safety Improvement
Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 47.55 to 52.12
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6752
Description: Contractor crews are improving pedestrian crossings on State Route 7 in Spanaway and Parkland at six locations.
Work Schedule:

  • Shoulder closures on both directions of SR 7 from 7a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Right lane closure on northbound SR 7 from each night from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 22 and 23 at the following locations:
    • milepost 52.12 at Violet Meadows Street
    • milepost 51.57 at 124th Street S.
    • milepost 50.41 at 143rd Street S.
    • milepost 49.19 at 162nd Street S.
    • milepost 48.08 at 180th Street S.
    • milepost 47.55 at 188th Street S.


SR 162, Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Bridge
Highway: 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Tina Werner, 360-704-3270
Description: Contractor crews will install a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley late summer 2019. The 82-year-old bridge was closed to traffic in August 2018 after settlement was observed in one of its piers. A detour is in effect using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
Work Schedule: Construction on the temporary crossing will begin late summer 2019. Drivers will continue to use the detour until the bridge reopens later that fall. Project webpage.

SR 302 - E of Elgin Clifton Rd to SR 16 - Remove Fish Barriers, Paving and ADA Compliance
Highway: 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.8 to 16.9
Contact: Tina Werner, 360-704-3270
Description: This project removes and replaces three fish barrier culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures and repaves nearly 7 miles of highway along with ADA improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Work Schedule: During construction, drivers should expect daytime lane and shoulder closures, extended weekend closures, extended on- and off-ramp closures and up to a full, weeklong closure of the Purdy Spit for deck repairs.  Project webpage.

SR 507, N of Rainier to Jct 7 - Paving
Highway: SR 507 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce, Thurston  Location: Milepost(s) 23.70 to 43.57
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6752
Description: Contractor crews will repave the roadway surface of SR 507 from Rainier in Thurston County to SR 7 near Spanaway in Pierce County. Daytime drivers can expect to see shifted lanes of traffic.
Work Schedule: Railroad repairs each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 22-26. 

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) 128
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Replacing the center concrete barrier on both directions of I-5 near South 96th Street. The left lanes will close in both directions at the work zone.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 to 5 a.m. Friday, April 26.

Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9.29
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on eastbound SR 410 near Traffic Avenue. The Traffic Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 410 will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 25 

Highway: SR 705 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0.07 to 0.17
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Jersey wall repair on northbound I-705. Drivers will see the left lane closed.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 24.

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.