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Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 reopens to traffic
The SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 reopened to traffic at 5:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

Progress on new East McKinley Way overpass
Crews recently installed the first nine girders on the new McKinley Way (East D Street) overpass, which will span Interstate 5. Watch a quick time lapse video taken on Nov. 30 of the girders going up on WSDOT's YouTube channel.

NB I-5 exit #133 reopened to traffic
Design-build contractor Skanska has moved northbound I-5 traffic onto a newly constructed northbound roadway near the Tacoma Mall and the SR 16 interchange. This shift allows drivers to access the Tacoma city center exit (#133) directly from northbound I-5. A WSDOT video shows the new highway configuration to help drivers visualize the changes.

Weekly ramp and lane closures:
Rare early evening lane closures will take place on the southbound I-5 collector/distributor on Monday, Dec. 11 for paving. Drivers are encouraged to plan for extra travel time and be familiar with alternate routes. Signed detours are in place for all overnight ramp closures. All work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane between the Puyallup River to Portland Avenue. Single, double and triple lane closures will begin at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. All lanes will be open by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • East 38th Street on-ramp to northbound State Route 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane between the Puyallup River to Portland Avenue. Single, double and triple lane closures will begin at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. All lanes will be open by 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-705 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Dec. 14
Southbound I-5

  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-705 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane between the Puyallup River to Portland Avenue. Single, double and triple lane closures will begin at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. All lanes will be open by 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Northbound I-5

  • Northbound I-5 exits #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from L Street to the Puyallup River. Lane closures will begin at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp to northbound I-705 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.

New northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opens to ramp traffic

The new 1,569 foot northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opened to ramp traffic on Saturday, Oct. 28. Drivers who use the 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will cross the new 1,569 foot Puyallup River Bridge prior to merging with mainline I-5 traffic.
Drivers on northbound I-5 heading to the Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street East will exit mainline I-5 south of the river and cross the new Puyallup River Bridge to reach the interchange. The new exit is approximately a half-mile south of the current exit.

View this new configuration on Flickr.

Temporary exit number and orange construction signs added to I-5
Improvements have been made to construction signage for drivers on southbound I-5 headed to State Route 16 and Tacoma’s city center.

Previously installed green highway signs directing drivers to SR 16 and I-705 have been replaced with orange signs. The new signs also reference a new exit number, #134, which is the access point to the collector/distributor lanes that lead to SR 7, I-705, SR 16 and South 38th Street. The access to the collector/distributor remains unchanged, but WSDOT hopes that giving the exit a temporary number and changing the signs to orange will provide more visible and clear direction to drivers.

Orange construction signage on southbound I-5

SB I-5 ramp to SR 7 closed for construction
SB I-5 to SR 7 long term closure image

An around the clock closure of the southbound I-5 ramp to SR 7 in Tacoma is now in place through the fall of 2017. During the closure, contractor crews will install drainage and electrical systems, build retention ponds and rebuild the ramp to align with the changing contour of I-5.  Drivers who use the SR 7 ramp will be detoured via northbound I-705, the SR 509 interchange and southbound I-705. 

SB I-5 ramp to SR 7 detour map


I-5 lanes in Tacoma move into new phase of construction 
SB I-5 traffic shift
Southbound I-5 in Tacoma has been reconfigured into two separate roadways. WSDOT created a video that gives drivers an idea of what to expect so you can plan ahead and not miss your exit. 

The temporary alignment will allow crews to replace the original concrete of I-5 and create a work zone to advance work on the new McKinley Street overpass. Detours will be provided for all ramp closures. WSDOT advises motorists to pay extra heed to the new lane alignments.

Access to westbound SR 16
Southbound I-5 drivers heading to SR 16 need to stay in the right lane past the Puyallup River Bridge to access the collector/distributor (C/D) lane that will take them to SR 16. If you miss the C/D, continue to 56th Street and turn back on northbound I-5 to exit #132.

Common Questions:

If I take the C/D instead of the through- lanes, can I still reach southbound I-5?

Answer: Yes, the C/D lanes will merge back onto southbound I-5 near S. 38th Street.

If I miss the C/D and need to get to SR 16 or I-705, where can I turn around?

Answer: If drivers miss the C/D, they can turn around at the S. 56th Street interchange and take the northbound I-5 exit 132 to either SR 16 or I-705.

Will drivers entering southbound I-5 at Portland Avenue go onto the C/D?

Answer: Drivers entering southbound I-5 from Portland Avenue will be directed onto the C/D and can rejoin southbound I-5 at S. 38th Street.

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 summer 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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