SR 167 Completion Project - 70th Avenue East Bridge construction

April 2021 Update

Southbound SR 99 traffic shift postponed

The planned southbound SR 99 traffic shift into the new SR 99 roundabout this Saturday, April 24 has been postponed due to forecasted rain. We anticipate that the traffic shift (shown below) could happen as early as April 30. Crews will do some non-weather dependent work this weekend to prepare for the traffic shift. This includes reducing SR 99 to one lane for both directions overnight on Friday, April 23. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone.

Please be advised that the SR 99 roundabout remains under construction and will open fully when the 70th Avenue East replacement bridge opens, expected later this summer. Drivers should slow down when approaching the roundabout and avoid driving next to or passing large trucks, as trucks may straddle lanes to safely pass through.

Read our roundabout blog to learn more.

An aerial image of the 70th Ave SR 99 roundabout

This graphic shows the flow of traffic after southbound SR 99 lanes shift into the roundabout. Construction continues and the roundabout fully opens with the new bridge this summer.

Bridge construction

Construction continues on the new four-lane bridge that will replace the two-lane 70th Avenue East Bridge. Current work includes paving the approaches to the bridge and installing the concrete barriers on each side of the bridge.

In August 2020, crews lifted ten supersized beams across I-5 to create the bridge. In January 2021, the bridge deck was paved in one day. Watch this video to see how.

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About the SR 167/70th Avenue East Bridge project

The SR 167 / 70th Avenue Bridge project is part of a larger effort to complete SR 167 and improve connections to I-5 and the Port of Tacoma. The new four-lane bridge replaces a two-lane bridge and provides a 12-foot wide path for pedestrians and bicycles. WSDOT will remove the existing 70th Avenue East bridge as part of the next stage of construction. The project also includes a new roundabout at the 70th Avenue East/SR 99 intersection, a new Interurban Trail parking lot and several hundred feet of new trail.

SR 167 completion project 70th Ave E Bridge Project stage 1a

Construction Timeline

Spring 2020

Work started on the new 70th Ave East Bridge and nearby roundabout.

Summer 2020/Fall 2020

Construction started on the new Interurban Trail parking lot and trail.

Bridge and SR 99 roundabout construction continues.  Northbound traffic shifts to the new roundabout in late summer/early fall while work continues on southbound roundabout connections.

Fall 2020 – Summer 2021

Bridge construction continues along with work on the roads leading to and from the bridge. The Interurban Trail and parking lot should be completed. 

Summer 2021

The new 70th Avenue East Bridge and SR 99 roundabout open to traffic.

For specific information about planned lane and road closures, visit WSDOT Pierce County Construction.

Learn more about roundabouts.