Pierce County construction

View 2018-2019 Pierce County construction map (pdf 340 kb)

This page was updated on: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

New SR 162 temporary bridge opens to travelers across Spiketon Creek near Buckley.

New I-5/SR 16 HOV connections open in Tacoma

The morning of Saturday, Nov. 23, the three remaining connected HOV lanes at Interstate 5 and State Route 16 in Tacoma were opened. The HOV lanes on SR 16 and I-5 in Tacoma serve carpools, vanpools, buses, motorcycles or any vehicle carrying two or more people. WSDOT created a video that shows travelers how those connections will work. The HOV lanes do not have set hours. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Construction on I-5 in Tacoma approaching the Puyallup River

    Construction on the last piece of the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV program that builds a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge is now underway. To do this work, some important changes are underway for southbound I-5 in Fife and Tacoma that drivers need to be aware of. This video describes what lanes travelers need to be in so they can reach their destinations. 


    Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

    I-5 - SR 16 Realignment - HOV Structure and Connections
    Highway(s):
    I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) SR 16 0.1 to .7 I-5 130.9 to 133.5
    Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
    Description: This project is the final of a three stage effort to rebuild the Nalley Valley interchange. During the final phase, crews will build ramps that create new HOV lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The project will also realign I-5 to accommodate HOV ramps.
    Project web page

    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.
    Project web page

    Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule

    City street closures:

    • ​Drivers who use 20th Street East in Fife will see daytime alternating one-way traffic from Earling Street to the Praxair driveway each day, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Overnight lane and ramp closures

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

    Wednesday, Dec. 11

    • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramps to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
    • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near M Street from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
    • South Sprague Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

    Thursday, Dec. 12

    • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 to South 38th Street exit will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramps to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

    Friday, Dec. 13

    • South 38th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit 132A to South 38th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 to South 38th Street exit will close from 11:59 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
    • Eastbound SR 16 HOV ramps to northbound and southbound I-5 HOV lanes will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

    Why are these closures necessary?

    • On I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and East L Street, contractor crews are building a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge, widening I-5 and replacing the East L Street overpass.
    • Contractor crews are finishing new direct connect HOV lanes  between SR 16 and I-5 in Tacoma, and a new auxiliary lane on southbound I-5 between South 38th Street and South 56th Street. Crews need dry weather to remove old striping and install permanent striping.

    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 general purpose and auxiliary lanes to I-5.
    Project web page
    Work Schedule:

    • Daytime shoulder closures 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 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. each following day.
    • Typically, no two adjacent ramps will be closed overnight simultaneously.
    • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

    Local street closures:

    • Union Street between Thorne Lane and Spruce Street will close from 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 to 5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6.
    • Monday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 22, westbound Murray Road in Lakewood will be reduced to a single lane around-the-clock for approximately two weeks for wall construction. Travelers can expect delays and should use alternate routes.

    Overnight ramp closures:

    Monday, Dec. 9

    • Southbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 9:30 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.

    Tuesday, Dec. 10

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

    Wednesday, Dec. 11

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

    Thursday, Dec. 12

    • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
    • Thorne Lane on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
    • Northbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 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: See project web page.

    SR 162, Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Bridge
    Highway: 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
    Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6750
    Description: Contractor crews installed a temporary crossing over Spiketon Creek in Buckley. The new temporary crossing reopened to traffic on Dec. 11, 2019. 
    Work Schedule:  No work scheduled. Project is complete.
    Project webpage.

    SR 163 N of N 54th Street to Pt Defiance Landing - Paving
    Highway: SR 163 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 3.15 to 3.37
    Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6750
    Description: Contractor crews will repair the roadway surface between North 54th Street and the Point Defiance Ferry terminal, expand the ferry holding lanes from two lanes to four, and install upgrades to the tolling communication system for Washington State Ferries.
    Work Schedule: No work scheduled. Project is near completion.
    Project webpage

    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 8 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. Drivers can expect up to three weekend closures of the SR 302 Purdy Spit for bridge deck repairs scheduled for summer 2020. The bridge deck work will take place day and night. A signed detour will be in place during construction. Paving and deck repairs will require warm, dry weather conditions. Paving operations will occur overnight, when traffic volumes are less.
    Work Schedule: This fall, drivers will see one-lane alternating traffic or full traffic stops that are less than 5 minutes Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Project webpage.

    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.
    Project web page

    Pierce County Maintenance

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 138-139.5
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Sweeping the collector/distributor. Overnight drivers will see a mobile left lane closure on both directions of I-5.
    Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 to 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 120 - 112
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Sweeping and cleaning the median catch basins on both directions of I-5. Drivers will see a mobile left lane closure.
    Work Schedule: Each night, Dec. 8 - 14 from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

    Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 129.7 - 128.9
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Remove graffiti from overhead VMS on southbound I-5 near South 84th Street. The two right lanes will close.
    Work Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m.

    Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 1.3 - 10.5
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Sweeping the center median of both directions of SR 16. The left lane will close for a mobile operation.
    Work Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

    Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 17.3 - 14.9
    Contact: Jeffrey Scharich (scharij@wsdot.wa.gov) (253) 983-7550
    Description: Pond maintenance adjacent to northbound SR 161. Drivers will see a flagging operation.  
    Work Schedule: Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 20.6
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Sign installation on eastbound SR 410 near Buckley. The shoulder will close.
    Work Schedule: Tuesday, Dec.10 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

    Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 3.5 - 3.2
    Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
    Description: Sign relocation on westbound SR 512 near Portland Avenue. The shoulder will close.
    Work Schedule: Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    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.