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Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21, a two-lane bypass, or shoofly, will be in place on northbound SR 99 through September 2024. The bypass will begin just north of the Wapato Way roundabout and rejoin SR 99 near 70th Avenue East.
While the bypass is in place, construction crews on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 167 Completion Project will build the new four-lane bridge over Hylebos Creek.
No left turns at 70th Avenue East
While the bypass is in use, travelers cannot turn left onto or off 70th Avenue East.
New Hylebos Creek bridges
New bridges are a key element of the completion project’s riparian restoration program which rebuilds and revitalizes nearly 150 acres of wetlands and streams on either side of Interstate 5 near the Fife curve. Restoring this area requires five new bridges between I-5 and Eighth Street East to allow Hylebos Creek to flow more naturally to Commencement Bay. Besides SR 99, some of the new bridges built or under construction for the creek are located on Eighth and 12th streets East, and I-5.
Construction crews have already rebuilt and realigned Hylebos Creek between SR 99 and Eighth Street East. In late summer 2024, the creek will be directed into new channels under both SR 99 and I-5. Improving the creek and nearby wetlands will provide better habitat for fish and wildlife and help reduce chronic flooding that frequently occurs on I-5 after heavy rain. The restored creek and wetlands will provide more room for rainwater to recede from the freeway.
ROAD CLOSURE AT 54TH AVENUE AND N. LEVEE ROAD
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is working on a housing project near 54th Ave and N Levee Rd. As part of this project, the contractor, Miles Resources, needs to connect to and extend the existing sanitary sewer on 54th Ave. In order to safely and productively do this work, Miles Resources will be shutting down 54th Ave from Kelsey Lane to N. Levee Rd for approximately three weeks (Nov. 6-22, 2023). During this time, a road closure detour will be in place for 54th Ave traffic to use Radiance Blvd. To minimize school bus impacts, there is an alternate bus route being implemented during this closure.
This road closure and detour is set to begin Monday, Nov. 6 and anticipated to end by Thursday, Nov. 23. UPDATE: 11/15 The road closure has been extended through Dec. 2
For more information, please contact:
Jacob Roggenbuck at Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Cyr at email@example.com
Find a copy of the disclosure from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians regarding the closure and alternate bus route here.
Find a copy of the traffic control plan here.
Dec. 11-14 Single-lane closure on southbound SR 99 at milepost 1, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 4-7 Overnight single-lane closure at mile marker 3 in both directions from 8 p.m. Dec. 4 through 5 a.m. Dec. 8.
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.
Ramp and Lane Closures Scheduled the Week of November 6th (11/6/23 – 11/10/2023)
• SR 99 NB Day Time Single Right Lane Closure for Bridge 3 Shaft Access Monday (11/6/23)
• I-5 NB Day Time shoulder closures for Ingress / Egress as needed Tuesday - Friday
• I-5 SB Day Time shoulder closures for Ingress / Egress as needed Tuesday – Friday
• SR 509 Day Time shoulder closures for Ingress / Egress as needed Tuesday - Friday
City Street closures:
• 12th Street Day Time Single Lane Closure w Alternate Flagging for Bridge 4 Work (11/6/23-11/10/23)
• 12th Street Day Time Full Closure between 62nd Ave E and 65th Ave E for Bridge 4 Girder Set Saturday (11/11/23)
• 54th Ave E NB & SB Night Time Single Lanes for TPU as needed on Monday & Wednesday (11/6/23 & 11/8/23)
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.