Pierce County construction

Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

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.

Monday, Sept. 28

  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day. 
  • Southbound exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. 
  • Two lanes of northbound and southbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road from 11:30 p.m. All lanes of northbound I-5 will reopen at 3:30 a.m. the following day. All lanes of southbound I-5 will reopen at 6:30 a.m. the following day. 

Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • Northbound I-5 exit to SR 167 will be close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day. 
  • 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day. 
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road from 11:30 p.m to 3:30 a.m. the following day. A

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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

    Monday, Sept. 28

    • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close form 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.
    • 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.
    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 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

    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

    Thursday, Oct. 1

    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

    Friday, Oct. 2

    • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Saturday, Oct. 3

    • Southbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

    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 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 finished on Monday, Sept. 28. There is a 21-day cure period for the new pavement before the contractor can finish installing the pavement markings. Pavement markings will be installed 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.

    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.

    • Final striping is now complete. Minor work on the temporary bypass removal are underway through late October, however the project is mostly done for winter. Work will resume in spring of 2021 as crews finish work at Little Minter Creeks (install box culverts) and SR 302 Purdy Bridge for deck repairs.

    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. 

    Project web page


    Maintenance & Utilities

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 126.4
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Southbound single lane closure for repairs to an overpass struck by an oversized load. 
    Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 through 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 127
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Northbound shoulder closure for fence repairs.
    Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 131.8
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: The northbound 38th Street off-ramp will close for pavement repairs. 
    Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 through 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.

    Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 58
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Single lane closure in both directions for Department of Ecology litter bag removal. 
    Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. 

    Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 7 to 8
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Single lane closure throughout the week in each direction for a routine inspection of the SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge. 
    Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 through  Thursday, Oct. 1. 

    Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 1.7 to 1.9
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Westbound SR 16 exit to Center Street/Fircrest single lane closure for barrier and guardrail repairs. The exit will remain open to travelers. 
    Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 126.4
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Southbound single lane closure for repairs to an overpass struck by an oversized load. 
    Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 through 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

    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 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.9 to 6
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Single lane closure for pavement repairs. 
    Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Wednesday, Sept. 30 through 4 a.m. the following morning. 

    Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.8
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Single lane closure for routine vegetation management. 
    Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.

    Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 5.8
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: The eastbound SR 512 off-ramp to Canyon Road will close for pavement repairs. 
    Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 through 4 a.m. Oct. 1. 

     

    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.