Where were you when construction started on I-5 and SR 16 in Tacoma? Hint: Think back to the year 2000.

By Cara Mitchell

A lot can occur in 19 years. In 2000, the international didn’t give up with Y2K. The iPhone didn’t exist. When the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV application began, approximately 178,000 automobiles every day traveled throughout the Puyallup River on I-5; within the present day that quantity is 208,000. Over the years, from one venture to the next, with the ebb and stream of venture funding, we've widened I-5 and rebuilt overpasses with the objective of bringing HOV lanes to an aspect that maintains to see vast surges in population. Thankfully, simply as youngsters born within the early 2000s train for graduation, we're getting competent to welcome the carried out venture to the actual international and your actual commute.



The ultimate magnificence schedule



The ultimate piece of this complicated puzzle is just a bit anything we confer with because the I-5/Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Southbound HOV project. Say that five occasions fast.



In addition to constructing a brand new bridge that contains tourists on southbound I-5 throughout the Puyallup River, the venture will also:

Demolish and update the L Street overpass spanning I-5
Replace the latest concrete pavement on I-5 from McKinley Way to Portland Avenue
Upgrade signs, lighting, driver news systems, and storm water ponds
Demolish the vintage northbound and southbound bridges that span the Puyallup River
Open transit and carpool lanes in equally directions of I-5 by way of Tacoma, offering a whole HOV gadget that extends from SR 16 in Gig Harbor to I-5 into Seattle
First semester: L Street Overpass



Construction started ultimate month with the closure and demolition of the L Street overpass. This work is vital so crews can widen I-5 under it. This overpass can be again in operation overdue fall 2021, whole with one 11-foot lane in every direction, motorbike lanes in equally directions, and wider sidewalks.

Second semester: The traffic shift

This coming May, all southbound I-5 lanes of site visitors will shift onto the currently executed new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. This bridge was constructed extensive sufficient to deal with equally northbound and southbound I-5 traffic. In addition to moving all southbound lanes right into a transient configuration, Port of Tacoma Road drivers headed to southbound I-5 will nonetheless use a single lane of the antique bridge and re-join southbound I-5 close to Portland Avenue. Drivers exiting to Bay Street and SR 167 will have to observe new indicators to attain go out 135 utilizing the antique southbound bridge. We created a video that describes what lanes tourists have to be in so they will attain their destinations.

To positioned this site visitors shift into place, crews will enforce overnight lane closures. This site visitors shift will live in location till the brand new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge is in operation in 2021.

Study group session: Which bridge is what?

For these monitoring at home, we these days have three bridges over the Puyallup River. In 2018, the brand new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opened to traffic. As we mentioned earlier, this new bridge was intentionally constructed wider to house all (northbound and southbound) lanes of site visitors to permit construction of the brand new southbound bridge.



The new southbound bridge could be constructed adjoining to the brand new northbound bridge. Once the brand new southbound bridge is complete, the vintage bridges could be removed.

Our yearbook quote: Eyes up, Drive slow

For the subsequent 2½ years, as you journey by means of this enviornment of Tacoma you'll be able to count on to see:

Decreased velocity limits by means of Tacoma. For the security of drivers and crews alike, velocity limits were diminished to 50 miles per hour by means of this facet of I-5.
Narrowed and shifted lanes and ramps on I-5
Removal and rebuilding of the L Street overpass spanning I-5
Overnight lane and ramp closures
Occasional weekend ramp closures and prolonged closures of here ramps:
Southbound I-5 go out to Bay Street
Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5
Northbound I-5 go out to Portland Avenue
SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5
Watching the growth of construction work could be amazing for some. No topic how cool you suppose a bridge demolition or concrete curing might be, please hold your eyes at the highway in entrance of you. Driving responsibly prevents needless roadway closures, construction delays, and retains our crews safe. We’ll be certain to put up behind the scenes movies and photographs on social media. Follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and go to the mission web site for the newest mission updates!



When will we toss our caps?



The I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Southbound HOV mission completion date is fall 2021. The orange barrels, cones and brief obstacles will come up, and also you may perhaps also additionally just be using on a wider I-5. The quantity of southbound lanes will growth from 4 to five which contains 4 well-known goal lanes and one HOV lane. Final configuration of northbound I-5 will upload another lane at Pacific Avenue, an more lane among the I-705 on-ramp and the Portland Avenue exit, and one HOV lane. Once this mission is complete, buses, football teams, and all your high-occupancy journeys will zoom up HOV lanes that span from Gig Harbor on State Route 16 to I-5 north into Seattle and issues beyond.



To discover essentially one of the foremost updated closure news throughout construction.

Design visualization from Atkinson Construction exhibits the brand new northbound and southbound I-5 bridges throughout the Puyallup River.

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