Pierce County construction

Updated: Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

SR 410 reopens from Sumner to Bonney Lake Tuesday, Sept. 15.

One week after a wind-driven fire closed the highway, a 2-mile section of State Route 410 from Sumner and Bonney Lake in Pierce County reopened to travelers on Tuesday morning, Sept. 15. 

Over the weekend, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews worked around the clock to make repairs and clear the highway from debris as a result of the Sumner Grade Fire.

SR 410 east of Enumclaw in King County remains closed

SR 410 in King County east of Enumclaw remains closed between mileposts 29 and 43 near Southeast Mud Mountain Road for wildfire activity. There is no available detour for this closure.

Please visit the Chinook Pass webpage with the latest closure information.

Visit WSDOT's Travel Alerts page for real-time highway conditions.

 

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Southbound HOV
Highway(s): I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 136 to 133
Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project is the final funded HOV project that builds a new southbound I-5 bridge across the Puyallup River and rebuilds the L Street overpass, and widens I-5 to install and complete the HOV system on I-5 in Tacoma. A temporary regulatory speed limit reduction to 50 mph on I-5 is in place through the duration of construction. The speed limit reduction for this project on northbound I-5 begins at milepost 133.06 and continues to milepost 136.19. The speed limit reduction on southbound I-5 begins at milepost 136.67 and continues to milepost 133.86.
Project web page

City street closures:

  • None scheduled at this time.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

All closures listed below are subject to change due to weather.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

  • One lane of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • One lane of southbound I-5 will close from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road each night from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1

  • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way each night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Pierce County Construction    

I-5 - Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. to Thorne Lane - Corridor Improvements
Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 120-124
Contact: Brian Whitehouse, 360-412-3420
Description: WSDOT is rebuilding the interchanges at Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street, and adding lanes to I-5. A temporary regulatory speed limit reduction from 60 mph to 50 mph will be in place as early as May 15 on both directions of I-5 from milepost 121.9 to milepost 124.1. The temporary speed limit reduction will remain in place through December 2020. 
Project web page
Work Schedule:

  • This summer, both directions of I-5 near Berkeley Street are in a temporary lane configuration. The shifted lanes are necessary so crews can widen I-5 and raise the elevation of the highway nearly 14 feet. 
  • Daytime shoulder closures are allowed on both directions of I-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the project limits.
  • Single and double lane closures on northbound and southbound I-5 each week night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.
  • Typically, no two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.

Local street closures:

  • Starting Monday, March 16, Union Avenue between Spruce Street and Thorne Lane is closed around-the-clock until further notice.
  • Work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled.

Night lane and ramp closures:

Friday, Sept. 18

  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane and that lane will be detoured on to the 41st Division Drive collector/distributor off-and on-ramp from 11:59 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. for bridge deck paving on mainline I-5 at 41st Division Drive.
  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane and that lane will be detoured on to the 41st Division Drive collector/distributor off- and on-ramp from 11:59 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for bridge deck paving on mainline I-5 at 41st Division Drive.

Monday, Sept. 21

  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane and that lane will be detoured on to the 41st Division Drive collector/distributor off- and on-ramp from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. for bridge deck paving on mainline I-5 at 41st Division Drive.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane and that lane will be detoured on to the 41st Division Drive collector/distributor off- and on-ramp from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. for bridge deck paving on mainline I-5 at 41st Division Drive.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane and that lane will be detoured on to the 41st Division Drive collector/distributor off- and on-ramp from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. for bridge deck paving on mainline I-5 at 41st Division Drive.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Sept. 24

  • Southbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday
  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Monday, Sept. 28

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close form 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close form 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Gravelly Lake Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close form 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: City of Fife, 253-922-9315
Description: City of Fife is building Phase 1 of this project, which brings road, interchange and intersection improvements to the Port of Tacoma.
Work Schedule:

  • No work is scheduled.

See project web page.

 

SR 162 - 96th to Orville Rd E - Paving & ADA
Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 4.07 to 10.92
Contact: John Romero, 360-570-6750
Description: The project rebuilds sidewalks and ramps at eight intersections of SR 162 to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. This project also makes pavement repairs on 5.71 miles of SR 162 near Orting in four separate work zones. The work areas are shown below by the following mileposts:

  • 4.07 to 5.98, 96th Street East to just north of 128th Street East
  • 6.25 to 6.63, south of 128th Street East to just south of 136th Street East
  • 7.10 to 9.32, near 144th Street East to Whitsell Street NW
  • 9.72 to 10.92, Bridge Street SW to Orville Road East

Work Schedule:

  • ADA work began July 13. ADA and signal upgrades will take place during weekday daytime hours. Shoulder closures may be in place when necessary.
  • Paving on SR 162 is underway during overnight hours, Monday to Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each following day. Alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers will be in place.
  • The signal at SR 162 and Ammons Lane will be adjusted on Monday, Sept. 21 for paving activities. Travelers may see temporary backups during the work. The signal timing will be restored the following day. Work could be rescheduled due to weather.
  • Pavement markings will be installed during overnight hours as the weather allows beginning the week of Sept. 21.

SR 167 Extension Stage 1A - 70th Avenue East Bridge
Highway: SR 99, I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) SR 99: 0 - 1; I-5: 136.5 to 138.5
Contact: Chris Hoffmann, 206-387-2050
Description: This project, part of the Puget Sound Gateway Program, replaces the existing two-lane 70th Avenue East bridge with a new four-lane bridge just west of its current location. The new bridge provides a 12-foot wide path for pedestrians and bicycles. The project also builds a new roundabout at the 70th Avenue East/SR 99 intersection, a new Interurban Trail parking lot and several hundred feet of new trail. Drivers will see construction on SR 99 from 70th Avenue East to 65th Avenue East.
Work Schedule: 

  • Double lane closures on northbound I-5 are allowed from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
  • Double lane closures on southbound I-5 are allowed from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Project web page.

SR 302 - E of Elgin Clifton Rd to SR 16 - Remove Fish Barriers, Paving and ADA Compliance
Highway: 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.8 to 16.9
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3000
Description: This project removes and replaces three outdated culverts under SR 302 with fish passable structures, repaves 6 miles of SR 302, and rebuilds sidewalks and ramps at the intersections of SR 302 and SR 302 (Spur) through SR 302 and 94th Avenue to comply with the Americans with Disability Act and improve access for all travelers.
Work Schedule: Drivers will see weekday, daytime construction as crews build the concrete girder bridge at Minter Creek. Previously announced Purdy Bridge deck repairs have been canceled by the contractor due to historic forecasted rain in mid to late September. The work will now occur sometime during summer of 2021.

Weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Friday, Sept. 18:

  • One-way alternating traffic with flaggers for installation of rumble strips and pavement markings within project limits.
  • Weather permitting, crews plan to switch traffic onto the new SR 302 Minter Creek bridge the morning of Friday, Sept. 18.

SR 410/E of Main Ave to W of 166th Ave E – Install Cable Barrier
Highway: 
SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9.51 to 11.42
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-538-3360
Description: This project replaces and upgrades the high-tension cable barrier system on both directions of SR 410 from Traffic Avenue/East Main Avenue to 166th Avenue East in Sumner.
Work Schedule: Work will begin Monday, Sept. 21 and will continue into October. Overnight lane closures will be in place during the following hours:

  • Eastbound SR 410 will be reduced to a single lane weeknights Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day.
  • Westbound SR 410 will be reduced to a single lane weeknights Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day.


SR 410 - Traffic Ave Interchange Improvements
Contact: Andrew Leach, City of Sumner, 253-299-5709
Description: The City of Sumner is reconfiguring two intersections and adding travel lanes plus multi-modal lanes across SR 410 on Traffic Avenue. Once complete, the improvements will streamline the movement of vehicles, freight, pedestrians and bicycles safely and efficiently while encouraging ridership on Sound Transit and support for South Sound businesses. 
Work Schedule:

  • Shoulder closures on both directions of SR 410 at Traffic Avenue will be in place. Intermittent daytime closures controlled by flaggers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Traffic Avenue at Thompson Street. 
  • Both directions of SR 410 will close from 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 to 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and again from 9 p.m. Sept. 26 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. The work on Saturday night, Sept. 26 is weather dependent and may be rescheduled.

Project web page


Maintenance & Utilities

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 - 8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sweeping the right shoulders and ramps on both directions of SR 16. Drivers will see a mobile shoulder closure.
Work Schedule: Sept. 21-24, each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 33.6
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Sidewalk repair for recent utility work. The shoulder along northbound SR 161 in Edgewood will close.
Work Schedule: Friday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 2.6
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Mowing the shoulder of southbound SR 509. The left lane of the exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close.
Work Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 7 to 8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sign installation on westbound SR 512. The shoulder will close. 
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.  

 

Slow down and Give 'em a Brake
Drivers are advised to give themselves extra travel time and become familiar with current ramp closures and detour routes on Interstate 5 in Tacoma before heading out the door. If you're driving at night, please slow down in work zones and avoid distracted driving. Help keep our work crews safe. Slow down, pay attention, and stay calm. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. They're there to improve the roads for everyone. It's a drivers' own interest to be safe in work zones. Statewide, more than 96 percent of people injured in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians.