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Thank you for your patience during the major road closure in Fife for an environmental cleanup. The project began March 6, 2020 and ended four days earlier than projected, on March 19, 2020. All roads have now reopened. The project was a necessary environmental cleanup following a 7,500 gallon fuel spill from a truck that overturned while entering I-5 on August 18, 2016. Shortly after the accident, much of the contaminated soil was removed, but some remained under the roadways. A temporary solution was made at that time to divert runoff water. The time for a permanent solution was March 2020 because the timeframe for the payment for the cleanup was running out. The project was paid for by the insurance company for the overturned truck. The project closed access to I-5 from 20th Street East, limited I-5 on-ramp access on Port of Tacoma Road and closed a stretch of 20th Street East from Industry Drive to beyond Port of Tacoma Road. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this large closure. The contaminated soil has been removed, the road has been repaved and a new culvert was dug. This concludes the project, but those wanting more information about the background of the project, please read this document.
The City of Tacoma reopened the city’s Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The bridge closed last year to upgrade and replace the bearings, add new street lighting, add sidewalks and bike lanes and a new gateway structure. Locally, residents traditionally have called it the Puyallup River Bridge, but the Tacoma City Council passed a resolution in May to rename the bridge to Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the City of Tacoma dedicated the bridge on August 9.
Thank you for your patience during the five-day closure of the off-ramp at Exit 136 on Interstate 5. The City of Fife closed the Interstate 5 southbound off-ramp at I-5 and Port of Tacoma Road on October 10, 2019 to accommodate construction of a new I-5 southbound off-ramp. The new southbound off-ramp reopened October 15.