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Posted on: December 13, 2018

Fife Road Improvement Projects

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It’s no secret that traffic in Fife is challenging. So, what are we doing to make it better? Read on to find out. Remember- the inconvenience of construction is temporary, but the improvements will be permanent.

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Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Phase 1

Construction Start Date: June 2018
Anticipated End Date: 2021

Recent Updates: 

September 18-22, 2018






I-5 Southbound Port of Tacoma Road Off-ramp

Ramp Closure


11 p.m.-5 a.m.

SB I-5 to 54th Ave E Exit onto SB 99 to Port of Tacoma Road

I-5 Southbound Port of Tacoma Road Off-ramp

Ramp Closure


11 p.m. Friday – 5 a.m. Monday

SB I-5 to 54th Ave E Exit onto SB 99 to Port of Tacoma Road

  • Port of Tacoma Road Project is well underway. We overspent the “clean-up of biohazards” line item by $30,000. We’re still well within our contingency, but that was the cost of cleaning up homeless camps, etc.
  • Beginning Wednesday, June 27:
    • 34th Avenue East will be reconfigured to One-Way Northbound.
    • 12th Street East will be reconfigured to One-Way Westbound.
    • This direction of traffic will be indefinite and part of the permanent traffic configuration.
    • Project Overview:

  • Phase 1 of this project will modify the existing I-5 Southbound Off and On Ramps.
  • The new I-5 Southbound off-ramp will connect into a new 34th Street Extension to alleviate traffic congestion at Port of Tacoma Road.
  • A new configuration of the I-5/POTR ramps will improve I-5 mainline operation.
  • Traffic queue lengths will be reduced from thousands of feet to only hundreds

What to Expect:

  • As construction progresses, varying lane, ramp and road closures should be expected. All closures will be noticed on our website and social media by Friday the week prior.

SR 99/54th Avenue Improvements

Construction Start Date: May 2018
Anticipated End Date: Late Summer/Fall 2019

Project Overview:

  • Double left turn lanes will be added on Pacific Highway (SR 99) at the 54th Avenue Interchange.
  • New pedestrian and roadway lighting, pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, street trees, curbs and gutters will be added.
  • Enhanced stormwater treatment (less flooding) will be added.

Recent Updates:

  • SR 99 is well underway, and the contractor is wrapping up installation of the joint utility trench for electrical and communications utilities on the east half of the project. The contractor will move to the west, near 54th in a few more weeks
  • Contractor working hours are Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Expect Right Lane to be closed during working hours

  • Contractor will be clearing and grubbing along removal of pavements and Sidewalks over the next few weeks.

What to Expect:

  • Lane closures and traffic delays should be expected.

Pacific Highway Preservation Project

Construction Start Date: July 2018
Anticipated End Date: Fall 2018

Project Overview:

  • Provide one uniform road surface and correct areas of poor subgrade by overlaying the current road from POTR to Milwaukee Avenue East.
  • Curb ramps will be assessed for ADA compliance and reconstructed as needed.
  • Storm frame grates will be assessed for wear and replaced as needed.

Recent Updates:

  • Bid package is being prepared.

What to Expect:

  • Varying lane closures should be expected on Pacific Highway west.

Other Projects Impacting Fife

  • Puyallup River Bridge Closure
    • Complete bridge closure: May 21, 2018 – February, 2019
    • Managing Entity: City of Tacoma
    • Project Website
  • Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Lane Construction
    • Adds HOV lanes from Everett to Gig Harbor
    • Managing Entity: WSDOT
    • Project Website
  • SR 167 Extension
    • Construction on Phase I to begin in 2019
    • Managing Entity: WSDOT
    • Project Website
  • Tacoma Dome Link Extension Project
    • Adding light rail from Seattle to Tacoma
    • Managing Entity: Sound Transit
    • Project Website

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