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Lane Closures, Detours on I-5 in Tacoma This Week

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts on Interstate 5 in the Olympic Region this week.

These projects lay the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and northbound into Fife. Projects are located on I-5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St. to Portland Ave. from milepost 132.8 to 135.2, and northbound I-5 between East Portland Avenue and Port of Tacoma Road.

Lane closures
To continue work to demolish the McKinley Way overpass, all northbound I-5 traffic will be temporarily rerouted during night hours as listed below:

12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 9, and
1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

  • All lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be rerouted onto the parallel northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either State Route 7 or Interstate 705.
    Drivers can expect additional weeknight single- and double-lane closures in both directions of I-5 between M Street and the Port of Tacoma Road. Single-lane closures begin at 8 p.m.; double lane closures begin at 9 p.m. All lanes reopen by 6 a.m. the following weekday morning, and at 7 a.m. on Saturdays.

Ramp closures
11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, through 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

  • Bay Street/East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound State Route 167 (River Road) will close.

McKinley Way overpass closure

  • East McKinley Way at I-5 is closed to all traffic. The closure will allow crews to demolish and rebuild the overpass. The closure will be in effect around the clock and is expected to last up to 18 months. During that time, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to Pacific Avenue.

Long-term ramp closures

  • Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 into winter 2017.
    A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 through project completion.

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