Pierce County construction

Updated: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

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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. All closures listed below are subject to change due to weather.
Project web page

City street closures:

Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 23

  • One lane of southbound SR 167/ East Bay Street will close during weekdays, Monday through Friday from East Grandview Avenue to East 27th Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

  • None scheduled.

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 is in place 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.

Night lane and ramp closures:

Monday, Oct. 19

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:30 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.
  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Oct. 22

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

Friday, Oct. 23

  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Oct 24

  • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday.*
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 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.*
    • *These ramps will not close at the same time. Crews will open one ramp then close another. Tillicum travelers can detour to northbound I-5, exit at Gravelly Lake Drive, and proceed to southbound I-5. This is for a southbound I-5 traffic shift at Berkeley Street.

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.
Project web page.
Work Schedule: One lane of northbound SR 99 will close during daytime hours weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday, Oct. 28

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. The work will now occur sometime during summer of 2021. Final striping is complete. Minor work on the temporary bypass removal are underway through late October.  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: Through the month of October, overnight single lane closures will be in place during the following times:

  • 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.


Maintenance & Utilities

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 130.8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Concrete panel repair on northbound I-5 near South 56th Street. Three lanes of northbound I-5 will close. Work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 to 4 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.  

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 130.8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description:Concrete panel repair on northbound I-5 near South 56th Street. Three lanes of northbound I-5 will close. Work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 36.9
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-377-2897
Description: Soil testing. One lane, alternating traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 38.1
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-377-2897
Description: Soil testing on SR 7 at 320th Street East. One lane, alternating traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0.7
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sign repair on eastbound SR 16 exit to Sprague Avenue. The exit to Sprague Avenue will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 to 4 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.  

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 18.2
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility work by Tacoma Power will reduce travel lanes to one lane in each direction during overnight hours. Law enforcement will assist with traffic control at the intersection of SR 161 and 224th Street East.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 20 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 14.9
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 360-377-2897
Description: Soil testing. One lane of alternating traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 11
Contact: Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
Description: Guardrail repair on eastbound SR 302. One way alternating traffic will be in place.
Work Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.5 - 20.3
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Pavement repair on both directions of SR 410 in Buckley near Mundy Loss Road. Short duration, one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers will be in place when needed.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 to 4 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.2 - 2.7
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: City of Tacoma is making asphalt repairs to northbound SR 509 at the Port of Tacoma Road and the Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound SR 509. WSDOT maintenance crews are providing traffic control for this work. During the work, one lane of SR 509 and the on-ramp to SR 509 at Port of Tacoma Road will close. Port of Tacoma Road Travelers headed to northbound SR 509 will detour using Pacific Highway East in Fife.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. This work is weather dependent. If Oct. 21 is cancelled due to rain, it will be rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22 during the same hours.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 5.3 - 5.2
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Fence repair on southbound SR 509. The right lane at Marine View Drive will close.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Wall repair on SR 512. The left lane of both eastbound and westbound SR 512 will close.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 to 4 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

Highway: I-705 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0.1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Wall repair on northbound I-705 to SR 7. The ramp to SR 7 will close during overnight hours.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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.