Pierce County construction

Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

WSDOT is working with contractors to restart project activities that fall under low-risk construction guidance

I-705 ramps closed at Stadium Way in Tacoma

As part of Sound Transit's Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension project, the I-705 on- and off-ramps at Stadium Way in Tacoma will close for track installation as early as June 25. The ramp closures will remain in place through July. Travelers headed to Stadium Way will need to take an earlier exit such as City Center or S. 21st Street/SR 509. Details on this project can be found on Sound Transits Hilltop Tacoma Link web page.

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 one year closer to completion. 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. 

Upcoming temporary closure of SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 in Tacoma

Starting as early as July 22, design-build contractor Atkinson Construction will put in place some temporary changes around the northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue. For approximately one month, the following will be in place:

  • The Portland Avenue exit will move west about a quarter of a mile toward I-705.
  • One lane of the I-705 on-ramp to northbound I-5 and the entire SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close.

Read more on the WSDOT blog about this important work.


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.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

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

Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 22:

Two right lanes of northbound I-5 will close from East McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road will close, and the northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue East will close:

  • Monday – Thursday 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day
  • Friday – 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. each 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:

  • Overnight closure of the Madigan Gate and Jackson Avenue is tentatively scheduled for July 16 and July 17 for paving and loop work.
  • Starting Friday, July 24, construction crews building a roundabout at the intersection of Militia Drive/Union Avenue and Berkeley Street will create a temporary one-way lane configuration for travelers going eastbound from Militia Drive to Union Avenue. Drivers headed west on Union Avenue towards Berkeley Street will be detoured. This temporary detour will be in place for three weeks.
  • Daytime flagging operation each weekday at the Berkeley Street and Washington Avenue intersection.
  • 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 ramp closures:

Tuesday, July 14

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

Wednesday, July 15

  • 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.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, July 16

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 off- and on-ramps at Berkeley Street will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 off- and on-ramps at Thorne Lane will close from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Madigan Gate will close from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Friday, July 17

  • Northbound I-5 off- and on-ramps at Berkeley Street will close from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Madigan Gate will close from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

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:

  • Right lane of southbound I-5 from 54th Street to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 9 p.m. Thursday, July 2 to 6 a.m. Friday, July 3.

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 will begin as early as July 13. ADA improvements will take place during daytime hours. Shoulder closures may be in place when necessary.
  • Paving on SR 162 will occur in August during overnight weekday hours, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.

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: 

  • No lane or ramp closures scheduled.

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 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. Additionally, 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. All work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled. Speed limit through the work zone is 25 mph.
Work Schedule: Drivers will see weekday, daytime construction as crews build the concrete girder bridge at Minter Creek. Additional work is scheduled below:

Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7 

  • Westbound SR 16 exit to SR 302 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Drivers will detour using Burnham Drive.

Wednesday, July 9

  • Eastbound SR 302 exit to SR 16 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Drivers will detour using Burnham Drive.

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

SR 512/Pacific Ave to Canyon Rd E – Paving & Bridge Repair
Highway: SR 512, Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.36 to 5.69
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-538-3360
Description: This project removes and replaces worn asphalt on a three-mile section of SR 512 from Pacific Avenue to Canyon Road. This work preserves the highway and creates a smoother surface for all its users. Crews will also repair bridge joints at the Waller Road overpass.
Work Schedule: This project is on suspension while the new asphalt cures. The contractor will resume work on Monday, July 27 to begin applying lane markers and lane lines. At that time, travelers will see weeknight lane and ramp closures. Work is weather sensitive and can be rescheduled. During the ramp closures, drivers will use alternate routes.

  • Single lane closure on eastbound SR 512 will occur weeknights Monday to Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day; Friday from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Single lane closure on westbound SR 512 will occur weeknights Monday to Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day; Friday from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.

Maintenance & Utilities

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 116
Contact: Mathew Beattie, 360-357-2606
Description: Striping crews will install new stop bars on Mounts Road and Nisqually Road Southwest at the intersection with the southbound I-5 off-ramp. Single lane, one-way alternating traffic will be in place during the overnight work.
Work Schedule: Overnight hours from 10 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 3 a.m. Monday, July 13.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location:  Milepost(s) 22.8 - 23
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: NW Cascade, working for Pierce County Planning and Public Works, will install sewer facilities along SR 161 at 149th Street East. Two left lanes of SR 161 will close and traffic will shift during overnight hours. During the day, travelers will travel over a steel plate in the excavated area.
Work Schedule: July 15-24, overnight during the week from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day.

Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 6 - 7
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Asphalt repair. Two left lanes of SR 512 to SR 410 will close. The SR 161 on-ramp to northbound 167 will close. Drivers will detour to Pioneer Way to eastbound SR 512 to northbound SR 167.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 to 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 15

Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 6.5 - 7
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Asphalt repair on northbound SR 167. The right lane leading to eastbound SR 410 will close.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 to 4 a.m. Thursday, July 16.  

Highway: SR 167 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 6.8 - 7.1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Asphalt repair on northbound SR 167 near the SR 410 overpass. The right lane will close. Travelers will be able to access eastbound SR 410.
Work Schedule: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 to 4 a.m. Friday, July 17.  

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 11.9 - 11
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 253-377-2897
Description: Bridge joint repair on westbound SR 512. One lane will close during overnight hours.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Monday, July 13 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14.  

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.9 - 11.5
Contact: Tony Kilmer, 253-377-2897
Description: Bridge joint repair on eastbound SR 512. One lane will close during overnight hours.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15.

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.