Pierce County construction

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Updated: Thursday, June 4, 2020.

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

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. 


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:

  • Single lane closure on 28th Street/northbound SR 167 each night from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday through Friday from June 1 to June 19.
  • 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 1-19: one lane of southbound SR 167/River Road will close at East Grandview Avenue.
  • 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday through Friday, June 1-19: all lanes of southbound SR 167/River Road/Bay Street will close from East Grandview Avenue to East 27th Street.

Overnight lane and ramp closures

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

  • Single and double lane closures on both directions of I-5 are allowed between Port of Tacoma Road to East McKinley Way each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • All work associated with ramp closures listed have been deemed necessary for public safety.

Thursday, June 4

  • Southbound SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

Friday, June 5

  • Southbound SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday.

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. 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:

  • 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.
  • Some work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

Local street closures:

  • Daytime flagging operation Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4 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:

Thursday, June 4

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to norhtbound I-5 will close from 9:15 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. Friday.

Monday, June 8

  • Northbound I-5 exit to 41st Division Drive will close from 8:15 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:15 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 9

  • Berkeley Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 8:15 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 10

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Berkeley Street will close from 8:15 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, June 11

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Thorne Lane will close from 9:15 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. Friday.

Friday, June 12

  • Northbound I-5 approaching exit 122 at Berkeley Street will be reduced to a single lane from midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, June 13

  • Northbound I-5 approaching exit 122 at Berkeley Street will be reduced to a single lane from midnight to 7 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 ramp closures scheduled.

See project web page.

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. 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: Speed limit through the work zone is 25 mph. Drivers will see weekday, daytime construction as crews build the bridge at Minter Creek. 

Beginning Monday, June 8, crews will conduct overnight pavement repairs along a one-mile stretch of SR 302 between 150th Ave. NW and 138th Ave. NW during the following times:

  • Monday, June 8 and Wednesday, June 10 – Saturday, June 13
    • Each night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each following day. 
    • No work is scheduled for the night of Tuesday, June 9.

During paving operations, the highway will reduced to a single lane of alternating traffic controlled by flaggers. All work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled.

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) 116 - 130
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Catch basin maintenance on both directions of I-5 in Pierce County. The right shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: Each day, Tuesday, June 2 through Thursday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 18.1 - 14
Contact: Warren Carsten, 360-357-2672
Description: Sign installation on both directions of SR 16. The shoulder will close.
Work Schedule: Each day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.

Highway: SR 162 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 17.7
Contact: Matthew Beattie, 360-357-2655
Description: Bridge maintenance on SR 162 South Prairie Creek Bridge. One-lane, alternating traffic controlled by flagging operation will be in place.
Work Schedule: Each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 - 18
Contact: Matthew Beattie, 360-357-2655
Description: Striping on both directions of SR 161 from Eatonville to Graham. A mobile lane closure will be in place.
Work Schedule: Each day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June. 4

Highway: SR 706 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 8
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: NorthSky Communications working for CenturyLink replace some existing utility vaults along both directions of SR 706 near Ashford. Drivers will see shoulder closures and one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work Schedule: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting May 20 to June 12.  

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.