Tonight, contractor crews building a new southbound Interstate 5 Puyallup River Bridge will reduce southbound I-5 to a single lane starting at 54th Avenue in Fife to East McKinley Way in Tacoma to implement a long-term traffic shift.
Single lane closures will begin at 11 p.m. followed by double lane closures at midnight. At approximately 1:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, three lanes on southbound I-5 will close and drivers will be shifted over to the new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.
Throughout the night, travelers will experience intermittent rolling slowdowns on southbound I-5 as work progresses from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday. Lanes will begin to reopen starting at 6 a.m. with all lanes on southbound I-5 reopened by 8 a.m.
The following ramp closures will occur:
- SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
- Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
- Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Bay Street will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
During the morning commute of Saturday, June 29, three lanes of southbound I-5 will be shifted on to the new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. Crews will also create a temporary collector/distributor lane across the old southbound I-5 bridge for drivers using exit 135 at Bay Street.
WSDOT created a video describing the new lane configuration to help drivers plan ahead. The temporary southbound lane configuration will be in place until the project’s completion in fall 2021.
What this means for travelers:
- Southbound I-5 drivers exiting to State Route 167, Bay Street and Portland Avenue will need to stay in the right lane near Port of Tacoma Road to reach exit 135;
- Port of Tacoma Road drivers headed to southbound I-5 will follow the same temporary collector/distributor lane across the old southbound I-5 bridge to rejoin southbound I-5;
- Southbound I-5 travelers headed to Tacoma’s city center, SR 16 or Olympia will use one of the three left lanes near Port of Tacoma Road to reach their destinations.
Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time, adhere to the posted 50 mph speed limit, and give construction crews a brake.
Additional Pierce County maintenance and construction information is available 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.