Happening tonight: Northbound I-5 traffic shift in Tacoma


Contractor crews building a new southbound Interstate 5 bridge across the Puyallup River will shift all lanes of northbound I-5 from East McKinley Way to Portland Avenue toward the Tacoma Dome side of the highway. To do this work, a series of overnight ramp and lane closures will take place tonight:

  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. with all lanes reopening at 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • I-705 and SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to State Route 167 will close from11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit 134 to Portland Avenue will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

During the morning commute of Saturday, June 8, northbound I-5 drivers will see lanes shifted and narrowed from 12 feet to 11 feet through the work zone. This traffic shift creates the necessary work zone to widen I-5 and repave a section of the original roadway.
Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time, adhere to the posted 50 mph speed limit, and give construction crews a brake.

HOV construction schedule for week of June 10
Overnight travelers who use the northbound I-5 ramp to westbound SR 16 will want to take note of a series of overnight closures of this particular ramp next week.
Starting Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14 the northbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close each night from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day.
During the overnight closures, drivers will detour to via SR 7 and southbound I-5 to westbound SR 16. The nightly closure allows crews to advance work the new northbound I-5 to westbound SR 16 HOV overpass.
Additional overnight ramp and lane closures are posted at www.TacomaTraffic.com. Before heading out the door, travelers can find the latest road conditions on the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.

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