Sign installation, striping brings I-5 lane closures

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If the weather cooperates, contractor crews widening Interstate 5 in Tacoma will continue to install final lane striping, permanent signage, and finish electrical and drainage work during overnight hours this weekend, and the week of Oct. 22.

This activity will bring a series of overnight lane and ramp closures on both directions of I-5 between South 48th Street and the Port of Tacoma Road. Overnight lane closures are also scheduled on both directions of State Route 16 near South Sprague Avenue.

Signed detours will be in place. Travelers are advised to plan extra time into their trips.

Overnight ramp and lane closures:

Friday, Oct. 19

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-705 and the A Street on-ramp and the southbound SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Weekend-long ramp closure at Port of Tacoma Road exit 136

  • Contractor crews working for the City of Fife will close the southbound I-5 exit 136 from 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22.

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday.
  • Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday.
  • 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11:59 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday, Oct. 21

  • Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday.
  • 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday.

Monday, Oct. 22

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound I-705, Pacific Avenue on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11 p.m.to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp and the southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes to I-705 and SR 7 will close from 11 p.m.to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Oct. 25

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705, SR 7 and 26th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Port of Tacoma on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Oct. 26

  • Northbound I-5 exit 136A and 136B to 20th Street and Port of Tacoma Road will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-705 and the A Street on-ramp and the southbound SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Daytime closure of SR 7 ramp

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 ramp 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 remain open for the late afternoon and evening commute. The adjacent southbound I-5 ramp to I-705 will remain open.

Read the latest on HOV construction in Tacoma at the WSDOT Blog.

Visit the Tacomatraffic.com web page for updated HOV construction information. Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.

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