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.
What to expect
Construction crews have reopened 20th Street East in Fife under I-5 following their work of removing and demolishing sections of the old northbound and southbound I-5 bridges that were built in the 1960s. Approximately 80% of the old bridge structures have been removed.
Construction on the East L Street bridge continues. Residents and nearby businesses who use East 27th Street and East 28th Street will see occasional daytime and nighttime closures.
On I-5, travelers will see shifted travel lanes, temporary exit relocations and overnight lane and ramp closures. They will also see a temporary regulatory speed limit reduction to 50 mph on I-5 in place. The speed limit reduction for this project on northbound I-5 begins at milepost 133.06 and continues to milepost 136.19. The speed limit reduction on southbound I-5 begins at milepost 136.67 and continues to milepost 133.86.