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Posted on: October 9, 2020

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WSDOT WORK ON i-5: Lane closures May 10-May 14

Two separate construction projects will close I-5 lanes and ramps starting near 70th Avenue East in Fife to East McKinley Way in Tacoma starting the night of Monday, May 10.

Construction crews are removing temporary scaffolding on the new 70th Avenue East replacement bridge and installing drainage systems associated with the new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. Overnight travelers will see the following closures:

Monday, May 10

    One lane of northbound I-5 will close in Fife from 6:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

    Three lanes of southbound I-5 will close in Fife from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. with a single lane closure beginning at 8 p.m. and all lanes open by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 11 to Thursday, May 13

    Three lanes of southbound I-5 will close in Fife from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. with a single lane closure beginning at 8 p.m. and all lanes open by 7 a.m. the following day.

    Three lanes of northbound I-5 will close in Fife from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. with a single lane closure beginning at 6:30 p.m. and all lanes open by 4 a.m. the following day.

    Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.

    Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Portland Avenue will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.

    Southbound I-5 temporary collector/distributor lane from Port of Tacoma Road to East McKinley Way will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Friday, May 14

    Three lanes of northbound I-5 will close in Fife from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a single lane closure beginning at 8 p.m. and all lanes open by 8 a.m. Saturday.

    Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

    Southbound I-5 exit 135 to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

    Southbound I-5 temporary collector/distributor lane from Port of Tacoma Road to East McKinley Way will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Overnight travelers will also see two lanes closed on northbound I-5 from East McKinley Way to Port of Tacoma Road Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11, starting at 11:30 p.m. each night to 5:30 a.m. the following day.

As part of the SR 167 Completion Project, a new four-lane bridge is replacing the existing two-lane 70th Avenue East bridge in Fife.

The new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge is part of a project that widens I-5 and builds high occupancy vehicle lanes in Tacoma.

Want more details? Here's where to do that: 

70TH ROUNDABOUT

The next phase for the roundabout at 70th Avenue East is coming soon! 

The debut of the new roundabout at SR 99 and 70th Avenue East has come in stages this year. The first section of the roundabout opened in February.  The southbound portion will begin using the roundabout sometime soon. We'll update this post when we know a firm timeline. This work is part of WSDOT's Puget Sound Gateway Project. Here's a summary of what to expect:

•    WSDOT’s 70th Avenue East Bridge contractor is shifting southbound SR 99 traffic into the new roundabout to allow crews to demolish part of existing southbound SR 99.
•    Drivers should expect lane shifts and closures prior to and after the roundabout shift as crews tie into and stripe the roundabout lanes. 
•    This traffic shift makes it possible to keep SR 99 open to traffic throughout construction. 
•    The traffic shift will remain in place throughout construction. 
•    There will be two southbound and two northbound lanes open through the roundabout once the shift is made; however, drivers should expect periodic lane closures as construction progresses. 
•    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. 
•    Drivers should give trucks plenty of space in the roundabout and should not drive next to or attempt to pass trucks in the roundabout. By law, trucks are allowed to straddle lanes in the roundabout.  
•    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 replacement 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. 


More information on this WSDOT project can be found here: https://wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/completion/construction

 

Additional Resources

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

SR99-70th roundabout photo


OTHER UPDATES AND PROJECTS

SAFETY CAMERA ENFORCEMENT

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: 

  • 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 9:00 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days, which currently are set as Tuesday through Friday beginning in March.
  •  A reduced speed of 20 m.p.h. is imposed during these hours.

TAYLOR WAY PROJECT  

The City of Tacoma started a construction project in July along Taylor Way from East 11th Street to SR 509. There will be paving, utility placement, railroad crossing replacement and more that might lead to some traffic interruptions in and around Fife. This is the beginning of the project with more work to come in the next several months. You can read the full details at the City of Tacoma’s website.  

SPEED LIMIT NOTICE ALONG PACIFIC HIGHWAY EAST

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.

The speed limit reduction will be in place on both directions of SR 99 from milepost 0.40 near 59th Avenue Court East to milepost 1.18 near the 70th Avenue East bridge. Those mileposts are near a Washington State Department of Transportation project to complete SR 167, build a new 70th Avenue East bridge and construct a new roundabout at the SR 99 / 70th Avenue East intersection.
 
The reduced speed limit is the result of a coordinated effort between WSDOT and law enforcement to ensure safe traffic operations during construction. The reduced speed limit will be combined with increased enforcement efforts to encourage compliance.
 
The temporary speed limit reduction will remain in effect until construction is complete in July 2021. It is WSDOT’s intent to evaluate after construction if the speed reduction should become permanent. 
 
Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app. Advance information is available on the Pierce County Construction and Traffic Update web page: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/travel/construction-updates/pierce



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