Pierce County construction

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

This page was updated on: Jan. 18, 2019 


Overnight closures of South Tacoma Way

Design-build contractor Skanska will close a section of South Tacoma Way near State Route 16 during overnight hours starting Tuesday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 25 for fire suppression system testing and removal of temporary forms. Closure hours are:

  • Tuesday - Thursday, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day;
  • Friday from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
  • During the closure, a signed detour will be in place.
     

Changes to Bay Street near I-5 in Tacoma

Drivers who use East Bay Street under the Interstate 5 overpass in Tacoma will now see two-way traffic and new travel options near the I-5 overpass and East 28th Street and East 27th Street.

 On Friday, Dec. 14, lanes leading to a new roundabout at East 29th Street and S Street opened. Drivers coming from S Street will be able to travel north on East Bay Street, under I-5, and onto southbound I-5. The graphic below describes the new traffic movements.

Changes to Bay Street near I-5 in Tacoma
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New ramp to southbound I-5 in Tacoma opens

Travelers who use Interstate 705, State Route 7 and Pacific Avenue to reach southbound I-5 now have a shorter detour in place to reach southbound I-5. On Friday, Nov. 16, design-build contractor Skanska opened a temporary ramp that connects drivers coming from Tacoma’s city center to southbound I-5 at an earlier location near the SR 16 exit.

Opening this new ramp to southbound I-5 allowed crews to remove temporary tubular markers that, for six months, have restricted eastbound SR 16 drivers from accessing the west side of South 38th Street. By removing the temporary markers, drivers will have access to both east and west South 38th Street from all directions of I-5 and SR 16.

Read more about this work on the WSDOT Blog.

Temporary ramp to southbound I-5 for Tacoma city center drivers
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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

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction schedule

Friday, Jan. 18

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 19

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Monday, Jan. 21

  • Pacific Avenue, I-705 and State Route 7 ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor ramp to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • I-705, Pacific Avenue and SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Jan. 24

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • I-705, Pacific Avenue and SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Jan. 25

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 26

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Why are these closures necessary?

  • Contractor crews are building a new alignment for southbound I-5 near the SR 16 interchange. The new alignment makes room for direct connect HOV lanes to be built between the two highways. To do this work, southbound I-5 traffic is shifted onto a temporary alignment.  Crews are installing barrier, which requires closing the eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5. Crews will also install signs and refresh the lane striping when the weather allows.

Temporary southbound I-5 configuration at SR 16 through early 2019
Design build contactor Skanska has moved all lanes of southbound I-5 onto a new temporary lane configuration so crews can begin demolishing and rebuilding southbound I-5 at the SR 16 interchange. The temporary configuration is expected to remain in place through 2018. Here is what drivers need to know:

  • Drivers on southbound I-5 headed to westbound SR 16 will merge to the right between Pacific Avenue and Yakima Avenue to reach the exit to SR 16. This is the same location where drivers currently merge. We mention this because you won't be able to merge over to westbound SR 16 at the last minute. Drivers who miss SR 16 exit can continue on southbound I-5 and exit at S. 56th Street east to northbound I-5 to SR 16.

 

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: Chuck Meade, 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: 

Monday, Jan. 21

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit #120 to 41st Division Drive will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

  • Berkeley Street will close between Union Avenue and the southbound I-5 ramps from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
    • Tillicum drivers will be detoured to Union to Thorne Lane to southbound I-5 or northbound I-5.
    • Northbound and southbound I-5 drivers headed to Tillicum will be detoured via Thorne Lane.
    • Southbound I-5 drivers exiting at Berkeley Street will be able to access Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Madigan Army Medical Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

  • 41st Division Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

SR 162, Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Repair
Highway: 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6
Contact: Claudia Bingham-Baker, 360-357-2789
Description: Contractor crews will make a temporary repair to restore traffic to the Spiketon Creek Bridge. The bridge was closed to traffic in August 2018 after settlement was observed in one of its piers. A detour is in effect using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
Work Schedule: Contractor crews hope to have the bridge reopened to traffic in fall 2019. Drivers will continue to use the detour until the bridge reopens.

SR 410, Buckley - Rebuild Signal
Highway:
410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 19.6-21.4
Contact: Lone Moody, 253-365-6700
Description: Contractor crews will replace three existing signals at the SR 410 intersections of Mundy Loss Road, Main Street and Park Avenue with new mast arm signal systems using current technology and equipment. Crews will also rebuild sidewalk ramps at the intersections of SR 410 and Main Street and Park Avenue.
Work Schedule: Work has been temporarily suspended due to a delay in materials. Once work resumes, construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No work is scheduled on Fridays or weekends. Shoulder closure on both directions of SR 410 at Mundy Loss Road, Park Avenue and Main Street. Drivers will also see occasional overnight lane closures.

City of Tacoma Puyallup River Bridge Replacement
Contact: Chris Storey, City of Tacoma Project Manager, 253-573-2484
Description: The City of Tacoma is removing and replacing three spans of the bridge west of the Puyallup River.
Work Schedule: The bridge closed to all traffic on May 21, 2018. Check the project web page for the latest reopening date.
Project web page

I-5 - Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Project
Contact: Laurel McQuade, City of Fife, 253-922-9315
Description: City of Fife is underway Phase 1 of this project, which brings road, interchange and intersection improvements to the Port of Tacoma.
Work Schedule: No ramp closures are scheduled.
Project web page.

 
Pierce County Maintenance

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 125 to 129
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sweeping the median wall and performing catch basin maintenance on northbound I-5 in Lakewood and Tacoma. Overnight drivers will see the left lane closed.
Work Schedule:  10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20  to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 129 to 130
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Storm drain and median wall maintenance on northbound I-5 in Tacoma. Overnight drivers will see the left lane closed.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 to 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. 

Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 130 to 128
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Sweep the median wall and catch basin inspection on southbound I-5 in Tacoma.  The left lane will close.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 to 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. 

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 1 to 52
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin cleaning and inspections on both directions of SR 7. Drivers will see a mobile right lane or shoulder closure.
Work Schedule: Each day, Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 10.6 to 11.3
Contact: David Evans, 360-570-6746
Description: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers and occasional shoulder closures for utility work.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from Jan.22 to Feb. 5. 

Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 1 to 22
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin maintenance on both directions of SR 410. A mobile shoulder closure will be in place.
Work Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Highway: SR 410 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 11.6 to 12.1
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on eastbound SR 410 in Sumner. The right lane will be closed.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 to 5 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.

Highway: SR 509 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 5.1 to 5.4
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on southbound SR 509. The shoulder will be closed.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 3.6
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair on westbound SR 512. The Portland Avenue East on-ramp to westbound SR 512 will close. Drivers will need to take alternate routes. A flagging operation will control traffic across the overpass.
Work Schedule: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.
 

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.