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First ‘Revive I-5’ Weekend With Lane Closures Now in the Books

Favorable weather over the weekend allowed for major preservation work on northbound Interstate 5 between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown Seattle. The focus now shifts to this coming weekend’s work.

This past weekend Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews poured the equivalent of more than 150 cement mixer loads of concrete in the right lanes of I-5 near the West Seattle Bridge and replaced the right half of six expansion joints underneath the Seattle Convention Center.

“There is so much to do on I-5 to keep it reliable for freight haulers and commuters that it’s important to complete this work as soon as possible,” said Project Engineer Dave Lindberg. “We understand the weekend work is inconvenient for people, but these lane and ramp closures allow us to do a large amount of work in a short period of time.”

More lane reductions this weekend
Additional work is scheduled for the weekend of April 28-29, when the crews will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes in the same area. This time contractors will complete the following work:

  • Replace more concrete on the interstate near the West Seattle Bridge as well as under the I-90 interchange.
  • Replace the left half of seven expansion joints between University and Mercer streets.

Lane reductions will begin near Michigan Street at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, April 30. Northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown. All northbound I-5 traffic will be routed through the collector-distributor lanes. People who drive should note that the collector-distributor is temporarily restriped so the right lane is an exit only to Madison Street. This configuration will remain in place through the summer.

Plan ahead and use alternatives
With northbound I-5 limited to two lanes, people who use the freeway will need to plan to use alternatives:

  • Transit, carpools and vanpools
  • I-405, I-90, and state routes 99, 509 and 599
  • Travel before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Consider postponing discretionary trips

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New Lane Construction Requires Closures on I-5 in Washington

The Washington Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with the I-5 Mounts Rd to Center Dr. – Auxiliary Lane Extension construction project (mileposts 116.3 to 118.5).

Crews are building a new auxiliary lane on northbound I-5 between Mounts Road and Center Drive.

Work Schedule: Northbound I-5 between Mounts Road and Center Drive will have up to three lanes closed each night for striping:

  • 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night from Monday, March 12, through Wednesday, March 14
  • 10 p.m. Thursday, March 15, to 5 a.m. Friday, March 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, to 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17

Northbound I-5 ramp closures

The following ramps will close Monday through Thursday between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., and on Friday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

  • Mounts Road on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Northbound I-5 exit to the Mounts Road weigh station
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Center Drive (exit #118)
  • Center Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5

Southbound I-5 lane and ramp closures

  • Lane closures on southbound I-5 near Mounts Road are scheduled each night next week from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for pavement repair. The Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

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Lane and Ramp Closures, Detours for I-5 Construction in Tacoma This Week

The Washington Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-5 construction and maintenance operations on the I-5 – Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road HOV Project (Mileposts 134 – 136).

This project builds new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and Fife, and a new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.

Monday, March 12

  • Southbound I-5 exit to SR 16, I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street I-5 via the c/d will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Drivers will detour via southbound I-5 to the South 56th interchange to northbound I-5.
  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will detour to I-705 and SR 509 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 13

  • Southbound I-5 exit to SR 16, I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street I-5 via the c/d will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday. Drivers will detour via southbound I-5 to the South 56th interchange to northbound I-5.
  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will detour to I-705 and SR 509 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 14

  • Southbound I-5 exit to SR 16, I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street I-5 via the c/d will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday. Drivers will detour via southbound I-5 to the South 56th interchange to northbound I-5.
  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will detour to I-705 and SR 509 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, March 15

  • Southbound I-5 exit to SR 16, I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street I-5 via the c/d will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday. Drivers will detour via southbound I-5 to the South 56th interchange to northbound I-5.
  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will detour to I-705 and SR 509 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • All lanes of northbound I-5 will detour through the Portland Avenue interchange and across the new Puyallup River Bridge from 11:59 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday. Law enforcement will be at the Portland Avenue intersection to assist with traffic control.
  • The right lane of southbound SR 167 will close from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

Friday, March 16

  • Southbound I-5 exit to SR 16, I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street I-5 via the c/d will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday. Drivers will detour via southbound I-5 to the South 56th interchange to northbound I-5.
  • Southbound SR 167 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will detour to I-705 and SR 509 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Additional lane closures are scheduled each night on northbound and southbound I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road to South 56th Street.


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Ramp Closures, Detours for I-5 Construction in Tacoma This Week

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-5 construction in the Tacoma area this week. This project builds new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and Fife, and a new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.

Monday, February 5 

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 6

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 7

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, February 8

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.

Friday, February 9

  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Additional lane closures are scheduled each night on northbound and southbound I-5 between Port of Tacoma Road to South 38th Street and on eastbound SR 16 to northbound I-5.

Long-term ramp closure:

The southbound I-5 ramp to SR 7 is closed around the clock into winter 2018. Drivers who use the SR 7 ramp are being detoured using northbound I-705, the SR 509 interchange and southbound I-705. During the closure, crews are reconstructing the ramp so it matches the new alignment of I-5. Crews are also building permanent retention ponds, installing drains and electrical components, and advancing work on the McKinley Way overpass.


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I-5 Construction Continues, Expect Delays Near Sacramento

The Riverfront project on Interstate 5 near downtown Sacramento will continue nighttime ramp closures and lane restrictions for the rest of January and into late February.

The I-5 section from north of U.S. Highway 50 to just south of Richards Boulevard is scheduled for nightly pavement work that will last into the early morning. Caltrans contractors will continue to work on southbound and northbound I-5 as weather and temperatures permit.

The daily schedule is from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Caltrans urges all motorists to use an alternate route, expect additional travel times and/or delays.


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Lane, Ramp Closures for I-5 Construction in Tacoma Area

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following I-5 construction activities in the Tacoma area, through Friday, January 19, 2018:

Friday, Jan. 12

  • All lanes of the northbound I-5 collector/distributor will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday. Northbound I-5 drivers headed to I-705 and SR 7 will detour to Portland Avenue.
  • South 38th Street ramp to the northbound I-5 collector/distributor will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday.
  • A single lane of northbound I-5 will close between Portland Avenue and the Puyallup River Bridge from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 13

  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street (exit #132A) will close from 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Monday, Jan. 15

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 and the I-705 and Pacific Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 and the I-705 and Pacific Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Jan. 18

  • Northbound I-5
    • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from Portland Avenue to the Puyallup River Bridge. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5
    • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close from the Puyallup River Bridge to L Street. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Friday.
    • A single lane of southbound I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to Bay Street will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Jan. 19

  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Additional single lane closures are scheduled each night on northbound and southbound I-5 between M Street to South 38th Street.


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I-5 Connector to Close Today for Maintenance in California

The California Department of Transportation reports that it will close the NB I-5 Connector to WB SR-22 on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for guardrail repair.

Caltrans appreciates the public’s patience while we perform this work. Detour signs will be posted to alert motorists of this closure.


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I-5 Ramp Closures Scheduled in Oregon, Seek Alternate Routes

The Oregon Department of Transportation has scheduled the following nighttime ramp closures for I-5 in Roseburg, Myrtle Creek.

  • Sign installation work will require nighttime ramp closures at two Interstate 5 locations in Douglas County.
    • On Tuesday evening, January 9, the southbound on- and off-ramps at Exit 108 (Myrtle Creek) will be closed from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
    • The following night, January 10, the southbound on- and off-ramps at Exit 124 (Harvard) in Roseburg will be closed from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.


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All Lanes of Southbound I-5 Reopen Following Train Derailment

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that all lanes of southbound I-5 at Mounts Road (milepost 116) have reopened to traffic. Crews were able to complete remaining work activities that required a right lane closure ahead of schedule. The Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 has also reopened. There are no remaining closures following the Monday train derailment.

Traffic is moving once again on southbound Interstate 5 south of the city of DuPont following a train derailment that blocked all lanes earlier this week.

Additional nighttime work

The right lane of southbound I-5, and the southbound Mounts Road on-ramp will remain closed overnight while WSDOT maintenance crews continue emergency guardrail repair and slope restoration work. Crews expect this work to be finished in time to completely reopen the lane and ramp for the Thursday morning commute. Nighttime travelers should reduce their speed to 45 mph through the area for the safety of the crews along the road.


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I-5 Detour for Washington Train Derailment

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that a train derailment has closed I-5 Southbound at milepost 116.0, near the Burlington Northern RR Trestle.

I-5 southbound will be closed beginning at 7:38 am on December 18, 2017 until further notice. All southbound lanes are blocked. The current detour information is as follows:

  • From I-5 South in Tacoma, drivers can take SR 16 West to SR 3 South towards Shelton to US 101 South towards Olympia to I-5.
  • Another alternate route to use is eastbound SR 512 to southbound SR 7.

Additional information will be reported here as it becomes available.


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