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
Beginning Monday, July 25 through mid-September, the Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close nightly, Monday through Thursday during the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. Crews are removing soil from the old I-5 embankment and transporting it to the SR 167 Completion Project. The Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 is being used by dump trucks, hauling the soil away.
On Sunday, June 26, crews opened a new general-purpose lane and two new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5. The new lanes run from SR 16 in Tacoma to Port of Tacoma Road in Fife. The new HOV lanes on northbound and southbound I-5 are anticipated to open no later than Aug. 31.
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.
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.