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Ongoing Expect shoulder closures along I-5 at the Fife bend, both southbound and northbound, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.
Sept. 5-Sept. 8 Single-lane closure at milepost 1.1 southbound from 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, through 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, for roadwork. There will also be a single-lane closure at the Wapato Way/SR 99 roundabout from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily for sewer work. Sept. 11-Sept. 13 Single-lane closure at milepost 1.1 southbound from 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, through 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, for roadwork.
Starting Sept. 18 WSDOT and Puget Sound Energy start preliminary work to relocate a pipeline alongside 20th St. E. near Wapato Way on Sept. 11. To allow for completion of this construction, the Interurban South Trailhead park entrance and parking lot will be closed for four weeks starting Monday, Sept. 18. The sidewalk and bike path in the area will also be closed, along with the shoulder along 20th St. E., for the same duration. This work is part of the SR 167 project.Sept. 11-22: At 54th Ave. E.between 8th Street and 4th Street, construction crews will close a single northbound and southbound lane of traffic overnight to relocate utilities and prepare for construction of a bridge and roundabout in the area. Lane closures will begin the evening of Sept. 11, and occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday thru Friday for the next 3-4 weeks. This is a continuation of ongoing work.
Orange lane striping has been added to white lane lines between milepost 138 near Wapato Way and milepost 139 near Porter Way to call attention to work zones related to the State Route 167 Completion Project. The orange striping will remain in place throughout the summer until lane lines return to traditional white striping in fall 2023.
What drivers should do As travelers approach the new orange and white lane lines, they should:
WSDOT’s SR 167 project to construct a two-mile-long highway connecting I-5 and SR 509 near the Port of Tacoma is underway.
The electronically tolled expressway is designed to improve movement of freight and reduce congestion on nearby roads and highways. This phase of the project will also improve safety for walkers, rollers and cyclists by adding new sidewalks and a segment of the multi-use Tacoma to Puyallup Trail.
Although this construction will lead to meaningful long-term benefits, it will also have an impact on traffic in the Fife area. The WSDOT website offers up-to-date information on the full SR 167 Completion Project, along with real-time travel data to help you understand how it could affect your journeys. WSDOT also have some helpful blog information that you can read here.
Here’s a reminder that Fife's safety cameras have been reactivated now that school is back in session. It’s so important as our students are out and about again that local drivers keep the 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).
• Our school zone safety cameras are located along Valley Avenue East and 20th Street East.
• Flashing lights are active between 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days
• A reduced speed of 20 m.p.h. is imposed during these hours
Heads up: Several ecology blocks have been placed north and south of the railroad tracks on 54th Ave. E. The maps below show the approximate locations of the blocks. These will include barricades and 'Road Closed' signs. They will be placed to still allow emergency vehicles access if necessary. The goal is to slow vehicles down and prevent anyone from striking the gates at full speed.
It is a milestone that drivers who use southbound I-5 through Fife have been anticipating.
On Friday, April 1, all southbound travel lanes were moved onto the new 1,579-foot-long southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.
For the past several weeks Guy F. Atkinson Construction crews, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, closed lanes and ramps at night to re-stripe southbound I-5 to final alignment.
More travel lanesOn Friday, five of six new lanes opened across the southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. People traveling south on I-5 from Fife to Tacoma will have four general purpose lanes and a new auxiliary lane to use while traveling across the new bridge.
The new auxiliary lane runs from the Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp the exit for Portland Avenue, Bay Street, and northbound State Route 167. The new lane gives drivers more time and space to merge in and out of traffic. The original bridge, built in 1962, did not have an auxiliary lane between these two ramps.
The old southbound bridge had four general purpose lanes with no room for an auxiliary lane or HOV lane. During construction, southbound I-5 was reduced to three lanes in a temporary configuration across the northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge.
New HOV lanes this summer signals project completionThe southbound HOV lane will remain closed until summer. Crews need this lane as a work zone to finish the new East L Street bridge over I-5. The contractor anticipates opening the HOV lanes on both northbound and southbound I-5 when construction on East L Street bridge is complete this summer.
Changes coming to northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge Both directions of I-5 across the Puyallup River have shared the northbound bridge for almost three years while crews built the new southbound bridge and removed the original bridges.
With southbound I-5 travel lanes moving off the northbound bridge, crews will remove temporary barrier and restripe the northbound lanes into their final configuration. Drivers will see overnight lane and ramp closures as this work progresses in the coming weeks. The new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge opened to travelers in late 2018.
About the project The I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project will connect the HOV lanes to I-5 and SR 16 in Tacoma. This project also:
Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT statewide travel map, the WSDOT app and WSDOT regional Twitter account.
Pedestrians and cyclists in Fife can now safely cross I-5 with the debut of a shared-use path on the new Wapato Way East Bridge. The new path opened July 23. This path is part of the WSDOT Wapato Way East Bridge project that added a bridge over I-5 and a roundabout in Fife. The new 12-feet wide path is safer because it is a dedicated and barrier-separated path used only by pedestrians and cyclists. Here’s what else you should know: WSDOT replaced the old Interurban Trail parking lot with a new one and extended the Interurban Trail to connect from the east side of the new bridge across I-5 to the west side of the bridge. The path connects to new roundabout sidewalks and will eventually be part of a 2.5 mile shared-use path to Tacoma that will be completed by early 2026. Get out and enjoy these new amenities!
Here’s what else you should know about the project. After 18 months of construction, the new Wapato Way East Bridge over I-5 in Fife opened on Monday, June 28! The new four-lane bridge doubled the capacity of the old 70th Avenue East Bridge, which was permanently closed to vehicular traffic on June 25, 2021.
There is some additional work needed to the new bridge and pedestrian and bicycle access, which is expected to be completed around mid-summer.
Watch a video from WSDOT on the new Wapato Way East Bridge and the future SR 167 here - https://youtu.be/P-k_ENoBT-U
Once the Wapato Way East Bridge is fully open and construction is complete, motorists will have:
Questions? Visit the WSDOT project page at https://wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/completion/construction
Here are a few things to know about the new roundabout and bridge:
A few tips on how to drive a roundabout: https://wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/default.htm
A handy guide to print out: https://wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2014/09/23/webRoundabout_Folio_Statewide_English_040615.pdf
A five-part video series about driving a roundabout: https://wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/default.htm#learnmore
Learn more about how roundabouts work and how they improve traffic circulation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-olqiG42Ud4
How to drive a roundabout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2nQ__1YJps
Bellingham roundabout traffic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFBuwIV4isg
Here is what not to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDaQZUzJCNM
WSDOT Project website -- https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR167/completion/default.htm
A WSDOT project PDF with a deep dive into the details - https://wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020/12/02/SR167-Fall2020-Newsletter.pdf
The WSDOT construction website -- https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/completion/construction
The WSDOT construction cameras -- https://app.oxblue.com/open/atkinson/WSDOT
The 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.