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I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Southbound HOV

Project overview

This project replaces the 1965 southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. The new bridge is built to current seismic standards and will be straighter and wider than the previous bridge.

The project also modifies the Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5, demolishes the existing old I-5 bridges over the Puyallup River, demolishes and rebuilds the East L Street overpass that crosses I-5, replaces existing concrete pavement from McKinley Avenue to Portland Avenue, upgrades signing, illumination, stormwater collection facilities, and water quality treatment facilities.

Once finished, this project will open HOV lanes in both directions on I-5 from SR 16 in Tacoma to Fife.

Timeline
February 2019 - 2022
Project status
Construction
Funding
$325 Million

What to expect

Beginning Friday, Sept. 30 crews will close southbound SR 167 under the interstate in Tacoma for three consecutive nights to remove old bridge spans. The closure hours are from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 to 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 to 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

The southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close around the clock from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, to 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4.  During the closure, drivers will follow a signed detour to the 27th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5.

At 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, Guy F. Atkinson Construction crews opened the final 3-mile section of southbound Interstate 5 HOV lanes in Pierce County. The new lane connects the existing HOV lane running from Seattle to Fife with the one that stretches from Tacoma to westbound State Route 16 in Gig Harbor.

On Friday, Aug. 19 the new East L Street Bridge over I-5 reopened to travelers. The original bridge was removed so I-5 could be widened for HOV lanes.

As of Friday, April 1, all southbound travel lanes are on the new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. Five out of six new southbound lanes are open for travelers, including four general purpose lanes and an auxiliary lane.  

The 60 mph speed limit has been restored on I-5 through the project limits.

This project builds a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.