The SR 167 Completion Project in Pierce County is part of the Puget Sound Gateway Program, which also includes the SR 509 Completion Project in King County. Together these projects complete two major unfinished highways in the Puget Sound region to create new connections to Interstate 5, the ports of Tacoma and Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The SR 167 Completion Project constructs 6 new miles of tolled highway between Puyallup and the Port of Tacoma and builds sidewalks and shared-use paths for non-motorized travelers. Completing this unfinished highway will greatly benefit the movement of freight, improve safety and reduce congestion on local roads and highways in the surrounding area.
What to expect
Construction on Stage 1b began in Summer 2022. Throughout construction, drivers on I-5, SR 99, SR 509 and 70th Avenue E. can expect roadway and lane closures, rolling slowdowns, traffic shifts, and occasional uneven and rough surfaces. Some work will occur at night and during the early morning hours (Monday through Friday) or on weekends, when the fewest number of vehicles typically travel through the area. Nearby residents may notice nighttime construction noise and daytime activities during construction.
From Summer 2022 through Winter 2023, drivers can expect traffic shifts along I-5 near Fife as crews prepare to remove the now-closed 70th Avenue East Bridge, creating space to build a new interchange in its place.
The SR 167 Completion Project will close a crucial gap in the state's highway system by completing the unfinished SR 167 between Puyallup and the Port of Tacoma. The new four-lane highway will be called an expressway and will be electronically tolled (no tollbooths) at 2 toll points - one west of I-5 and the other east of I-5.