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Pacific Avenue ramp reopening, I-5 changes configuration

Crews working to expand HOV lanes into Tacoma also are replacing the original surface of I-5. In order for the work to continue on southbound I-5, a new traffic switch is in place. 

Reconfigurations 

• Southbound I-5 drivers heading to either South 38th Street or westbound SR 16 also will need to merge into the right lanes of southbound I-5 before reaching the construction zone. 

• Drivers heading to southbound I-5 from both I-705 and Pacific Avenue to continue along the South 38th Street collector/distributor. Drivers will connect to southbound I-5 south of SR 16. 

The ramp and I-5 lanes will remain in this temporary configuration through summer. 

 

I-5 ramp, lane closures for Tacoma HOV projects

Lane closures

 Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26-27 

• Up to three lanes of northbound I-5 between L Street and Puyallup River Bridge will close. The first lane will close starting at 8 p.m. and two lanes will close at 11 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 4:30 a.m. the following morning. 

 

Thursday, April 28 

• All lanes of mainline northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, April 29. Drivers will be routed onto the northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either State Route 7 or Interstate 705. 

 

Saturday, April 30 

• All lanes of mainline northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will close from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Drivers will be routed onto the northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via either SR7 or I-705. 

 

 

Ramp closures 

Tuesday, April 26 

• Southbound I-5 exit to City Center will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. 

• Southbound State Route 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. 

• Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. 

• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. 

 

Wednesday, April 27
• Southbound I-5 exit to westbound State Route 16/South 38th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers will detour via the I-5/56th Street interchange. 

• Pacific Avenue and southbound I-705 on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. 

• Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lane exit to northbound I-705 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. 

• Northbound I-5 exit to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. 

• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. 

 

Thursday, April 28
• Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. 

• Northbound I-5 collector/distributor lane exit to northbound I-705 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning. 

 

 

Long term ramp closures

Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 is closed for construction through winter 2017.
A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 is closed for construction through project completion.

 

Alternate route for eastbound SR 16 drivers going to northbound I-5

Tired of backups on eastbound SR 16 heading toward northbound I-5? Try this alternate route, which uses the SR 7 U-turn at South 38th Street.  We've clocked it, and when backups at the merge are heavy this will take you about half the time! Just make sure that as you're heading up the hill on SR 7, take the route to South 38th Street east (not west).


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