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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.

February 2019 - 2022
Project status
$325 Million

What to expect

From Friday, May 20 to Monday, May 23, crews will resurface the off- and on-ramps at the I-5 and South 56th Street interchange. Travelers will see around-the-clock directional closures of exit 130. The northbound I-5 off- and on-ramps will close first, followed by the southbound I-5 off- and on-ramps. Closures: Northbound I-5 off-and on-ramps at South 56th Street/exit 130 will close from 9 p.m. Friday, May 20 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21.  The southbound I-5 off- and on-ramps at South 56th Street/exit 130 will close from 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, May 23.

At 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, the intersection of East L Street and East 27th Street/East Wiley Street will close around-the-clock until 5 p.m., Friday, May 27. During the three-week closure crews will build sidewalks and curbs, install lighting and utilities, and connect East 27th Street to align with the new East L Street bridge that spans I-5. A signed detour (PDF 1MB) will be in place using East Portland Avenue to Puyallup Avenue to East D Street and McKinley Way. Drivers can also use East N Street, East 26th Street and East L Street to Puyallup Avenue.

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 southbound I-5 HOV lane will remain closed until summer. Crews need this lane as a work zone for the East L Street overpass construction.  

In the coming weeks, crews will remove temporary barrier and restripe the northbound lanes of I-5 in the project limits into their final configuration. Night time drivers will want to stay alert in work zones to help keep crews safe.

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.

A temporary regulatory speed limit reduction to 50 mph on I-5 remains 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.

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