Traffic Alert: I-5 Lane Changes, Restrictions for Motorists in Washington

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The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following changes made to southbound I-5 lanes in Fife.

Travelers who use southbound Interstate approaching 54th Avenue East in Fife are seeing the following new lane designations:

  • WSDOT shortened the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restriction so it opens to all traffic further north, near the Fife curve. Crews also restriped the right lane of southbound I-5 to designate it as an exit only to 54th Avenue East.
  • This temporary striping change will remain in place until the I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project is complete. The design-build project will begin in early 2019.

Daytime closure of SR 7 ramp in Tacoma continues

  • Contractor crews finishing the I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project will continue to close the southbound I-5 ramp to SR 7 during daytime hours Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26 for stormpond work.
  • The closure will begin each day after the morning commute at 9 a.m. and will be in place until 3 p.m. The ramp will reopen for the late afternoon and evening commute. The adjacent southbound I-5 ramp to I-705 will remain open.
  • This daytime ramp closure will be implemented as needed through the remainder of 2018. WSDOT will announce future daytime closures as are scheduled.

I-5/South 38th Street intersection

  • Updated information on the I-5/South 38th Street interchange work was announced Friday, Oct. 5. This work has been postponed until 2019.

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