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Tacoma Area Construction

Southbound I-5 exit to Tacoma's city center reduced to single lane starting June 20
An around-the-clock single lane closure that began at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 for the southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and SR 7 (exit #133) is expected to re-open to traffic by the Thursday, June 29 morning commute. The single lane closure will allow crews to safely reconstruct the shoulder along southbound I-5 from Portland Avenue to the exit.

New!  I-5 lanes in Tacoma move into new phase of construction after July 4
Interstate 5 traffic shift in Tacoma summer 2017

Get ready and plan ahead! Two big traffic shifts are scheduled to occur shortly after the July 4 holiday and will last for six months.

The first will affect northbound Interstate 5 traffic when all northbound lanes will move onto a newly-built northbound I-5 bridge over I-705. Once that traffic shift is complete, an even bigger shift, this time to southbound I-5 traffic, will occur.

Starting July 10, southbound drivers will notice changes being made to southbound I-5 approaching Tacoma as crews place barrier and restripe the southbound lanes into two distinct roadways. 

WSDOT created a video that describes the new lane configuration and it should give you an idea of what to expect so you can plan ahead.

July 7-10: High Impact Weekend

  • From 11 p.m. Friday, July 7 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 10, crews will close one lane of southbound I-5 near the Tacoma Dome to rebuild the center median of the highway. This will likely create big backups coming out of King County. Drivers are advised to travel early when traffic volumes are lower, and build extra time into their trips.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge maintenance
Traffic on eastbound SR 16 will be reduced to two lanes during the overnight hours of Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 while maintenance crews repair the expansion joints at each end of the bridge. This work will not affect westbound SR 16.
Work hours are:

• 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, through 6 a.m. Saturday, June 24
• 9 p.m. Saturday, June 24, through 6 a.m. Sunday, June 25


Weekly HOV ramp and lane closure schedule

Overnight single- and double-lane closures on both directions of I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road and the Tacoma Mall are scheduled multiple nights next week between the hours of 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day. The work is weather dependent. 


Tuesday, June 27
• SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• I-705 and SR 7 ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• East 27th Street/Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 and I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day
• Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, June 28
• SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 and I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day
• The northbound I-5 collector/distributor, eastbound SR 16 and 38th Street ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• I-705 and SR 7 ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, June 29
• SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to SR 7 and I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day
• I-705 and SR 7 ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-5 exit to East 27th Street and East Bay Street will close from 11 pm to 5 a.m. the following day.

Friday, June 30
• SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. the following day.

Check out new construction photos on WSDOT's Flickr account!

NB SR 7 ramp to SB I-5 closed for construction

  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 is expected to reopen in fall 2017. The ramp remains closed for safety purposes during construction.

Northbound I-5 exit #133 to Tacoma city center closed until mid-November 2017

  • Contractor crews building HOV connections between I-5 and SR 16 have closed the northbound I-5 city center exit #133 through mid-November 2017. Northbound I-5 drivers headed to I-705 and SR 7 can use exit #132, which is the SR 16 and 38th Street exit and is located just before #133. You can watch a video of the detour on WSDOT's YouTube channel.

Why is there congestion on SR 16 to northbound I-5? 

The eastbound SR 16 on-ramp to northbound I-5 is reduced to one lane through summer 2017.

The work zone space created by reducing eastbound SR 16 to one lane at northbound I-5 allows crews to build new road approaches to the newly constructed bridge over I-705. Very soon, that new bridge will carry all northbound I-5 traffic.

Eastbound SR 16 travelers merging onto northbound I-5 can expect congestion and delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commute hours.

This temporary configuration will go back to 2 lanes during the next phase of construction, which is expected to begin in July. Crews will need to reduce the lanes back down one final time before the project is complete. We appreciate everyone's patience.

McKinley Way overpass being rebuilt

  • East McKinley Way at I-5 in Tacoma closed to all traffic so crews can rebuild the overpass to accommodate a wider I-5. The roadway isn't expected to reopen to traffic until late winter 2018.  Until the overpass is rebuilt, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to the rebuilt Pacific Avenue overpass. Rebuilding both overpasses is part of the effort to expand I-5 HOV lanes into Tacoma. 

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.

 
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