Travelers on northbound State Route 167 between Puyallup and Auburn experience regular congestion, especially during morning peak commute hours. To help reduce delays during peak commute hours, WSDOT is building a new northbound high occupancy vehicle lane on SR 167. The new HOV lane will begin near State Route 410 in Pierce County, and continue north and tie into the existing SR 167 HOT Lane near Auburn in King County.
What to expect
Seven miles of the new northbound SR 167 HOV lane will open by 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Drivers will be able to access the new HOV Lane just north of the SR 410 on-ramp to northbound SR 167. A small section of the HOV lane at the south end of the project will remain closed through September. Crews are finishing drainage on the northbound SR 167 bridge that spans the SR 410 interchange near Sumner. Once that work is finished, the remaining section of HOV lane will open to travelers.
On Monday, Aug. 15 the ramp meters at Jovita Boulevard/Stewart Road and Ellingson Road to northbound SR 167 will reactivate. These locations were modified to include two metered general-purpose lanes. A third new ramp meter, located at the 24th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 167 in Sumner will turn on later this summer.
During construction, travelers will see overnight lane and ramp closures, a reduced speed limit in work zones, narrowed shoulders in work zones, and shifted lanes. There will also be a temporary bicycle detour and a change to permanent bicycle route.
WSDOT is adding an additional northbound HOV lane within the existing pavement width that will begin near State Route 410 in Pierce County, and continue north and tie into the existing SR 167 HOT Lane near Auburn in King County. Once construction is complete, the additional lane will open as a HOV lane and transition to an Express Toll Lane (ETL) at a future date. New ITS devices such as traffic cameras and ramp meters will be added to the corridor. Ramp meters will help manage the flow of vehicles that merge on to the highway.