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
Throughout construction, drivers on I-5, SR 99, SR 509, 54th Avenue East, and 12th Street East can expect roadway and lane closures, rolling slowdowns, traffic shifts, and occasional uneven and rough surfaces.
Traffic shift and orange lane striping
Traffic on northbound and southbound I-5 near Fife is shifted toward the outside lanes while crews build bridges in the median.
On June 8, construction crews added orange contrast lane striping in both directions of I-5 between Porter Way and Wapato Way to help determine whether it improves work zone safety.
54th Avenue East traffic shift
In July, crews shifted traffic on 54th Avenue East between 4th Street East and 7th Street East. Both lanes in each direction remain open to traffic. This traffic shift is for utility installation roundabout and bridge construction.
Construction crews are hauling over 1 million cubic yards of soil to the area to build a new elevated section of SR 167 between SR 99 and SR 509. Crews are rerouting Hylebos Creek and its tributaries as part of the project’s Hylebos Creek riparian restoration program which will revitalize nearly 150 acres of land next to the project.
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.