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I-5 - SR 16 Realignment - HOV Structure and Connections - Complete December 2019

Project overview

To increase safety, improve mobility and reduce congestion, WSDOT rebuilt the entire I-5/SR 16 Nalley Valley interchange.

Reconstruction of the interchange was staged to keep people and goods moving. The first two stages of work rebuilt the westbound and eastbound Nalley Valley viaduct bridges. The last stage could not be built until the other two were complete.

The HOV Connector project built new bridge structures and direct-access ramps to connect I-5 HOV lanes to SR 16 HOV lanes. These structures are limited solely to HOV traffic.

January 2017- December 2019
Project status
$161 Million

What to expect

HOV travelers are now using direct-access ramps connecting I-5 HOV lanes to SR 16 HOV lanes. There is added capacity and improved traffic flow. There is a reduction in conflicting movements and weaving areas.

This aerial photo on the left was taken in 2008. It shows I-5, SR 16 and the Nalley Valley Viaduct before widening began. The photo on the right was taken in 2019 at the end of the project. It also shows a substantially widened Nalley Valley Viaduct and I-5/SR 16 interchange.