Paving begins on northbound I-5 in Tacoma near East L Street

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TACOMA – Beginning next week, contractor crews widening Interstate 5 through Tacoma will begin replacing the original concrete roadway and paving a new northbound lane that runs from East McKinley Way to Portland Avenue.

The overnight work, which will carry into the New Year, will require lane and ramp closures. Weather may reschedule the work. Ramp closures will have signed detours in place.

Monday, Dec. 16

  • One lane of northbound I-5 from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • One lane of southbound I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • I-705, SR 7 and Pacific Avenue on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane near M Street from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

  • One lane of northbound I-5 from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • One lane of southbound I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

  • One lane of northbound I-5 from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • One lane of southbound I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Dec. 19

  • One lane of northbound I-5 from McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road will close from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Friday.
  • One lane of southbound I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to McKinley Way will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

Travelers are reminded to please continue to watch their speed in work zones and give construction crews the room they need.

Additional Pierce County maintenance and construction information is available at 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.