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A section of 20th Street East/20th Street Drive East in Fife was closed from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12, 2021, but all work is completed and the road has reopened. The project was part of the WSDOT I-5 widening project that is adding high occupancy vehicle lanes and the new bridge. Find out more about this important WSDOT project here.
Fife students are heading back to school in March, which means school zone safety camera enforcement will resume in Fife beginning March 2. It’s so important as our students are out and about again that local drivers keep their speed down. There’s no question about the effectiveness of speed cameras in reducing the likelihood of a crash, but did you also know that speed cameras also reduce the likelihood of fatalities? (read more at https://www.iihs.org/topics/speed). Please note:
ADDITIONAL PROJECTS UNDERWAY
Crews working on behalf of the City of Tacoma are installing a new water main on Taylor Way on the Fife side of SR 509. The work is being done to double the size of the water supply line. That increase will improve water flow necessary for future growth. Drivers in the area can expect a lane closure, but there should be no interruption in water service. Those who live in the area might notice some sediment in water as this work is underway, but the sediment is not harmful and can be cleared by allowing the taps to run for a few minutes. (Please note this project was originally scheduled for February 20 and then February 26, and was postponed due to weather and other delays).
WSDOT is about to hit a milestone on the Puget Sound Gateway project with an upcoming traffic rerouting we want to be sure Fife residents know about.
WSODT is getting ready to move northbound SR 99 traffic in Fife to access the new SR 99/70th Avenue East roundabout. The new roundabout is part of the 70th Avenue East Bridge Replacement Project.
The shift will be noticeable, so here are a few pointers and background details.
Drivers will be able to use the new roundabout starting sometime in February, although an exact date has not yet been selected (we’ll keep you updated on that).
WSDOT would like drivers to know:
• Shifting the traffic into the new roundabout will allow crews to build the southbound lanes (see illustration below). This traffic shift makes it possible to keep SR 99 open to traffic throughout construction.
• There are two northbound lanes in the roundabout and there will be two southbound lanes open during construction.
• Drivers should slow down when entering the roundabout; the posted speed limit on SR 99 is 35 mph and a safe roundabout speed is 15 mph.
• During construction, the roundabout will be for through-traffic only; no turns will be allowed.
• WSDOT plans to fully open the roundabout when the new 70th Avenue East Bridge opens in mid- 2021.
• The new bridge and roundabout will reduce the delays drivers currently experience on the existing bridge and SR 99/70th Avenue East intersection, as well as improve safety for everyone who drives, walks, bikes, or rolls through the area.
Learn more about how roundabouts work and how they improve traffic circulation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-olqiG42Ud4
Project website -- https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR167/completion/default.htm
Construction website -- https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/completion/construction
Construction cameras -- https://app.oxblue.com/open/atkinson/WSDOT
Roundabout blog -- https://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/coming-around-to-roundabouts-on-sr-99.html
Our partners at WSDOT would like us to pass along that drivers who travel along State Route 99 in Fife will notice a lower speed limit. Drivers will notice a temporary regulatory speed limit reduction along SR 99 in Fife. The speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph for approximately one mile near the 70th Avenue East bridge.