Expect travel disruptions on I-5 in Tacoma next week

Updated Jun 17, 2022
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Truckers who use Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington will want to plan for several overnight closures scheduled for the week of June 20.

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will install a large sign bridge over southbound I-5 and install lane striping on northbound I-5 which will put the interstate into a final configuration.

WSDOT said the following schedule may change due to inclement weather. WSDOT will update advance closure notices on the statewide travel map.

Wednesday, June 22 from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday, June 23

  • All lanes of southbound I-5 will close at exit 135 to Portland Avenue. Drivers will detour to westbound SR 509 to southbound I-705 and back to southbound I-5.
  • Thursday, June 23 is a backup date should the work get canceled.

Friday, June 24 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 25 and Saturday, June 25 from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, June 26

  • All lanes of northbound I-5 will close at exit 133. Drivers will detour to I-705, to SR 509 to Port of Tacoma Road and back to northbound I-5.
  • Travelers on eastbound SR 16 merging to northbound I-5 will follow the same detour. The eastbound SR 16 HOV lane will be closed.

Overnight ramp closures: I-705 and SR 7 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from:

  • 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 24 to 5 a.m. Saturday, June 25
  • 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 25 to 6 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

The 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 24 to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 25.

Travelers on northbound I-5 coming from Thurston County may want to consider using eastbound SR 512 to northbound SR 167 to westbound SR 18 or I-405 to reconnect with northbound I-5.

Once the lanes reopen on Sunday, six new travel lanes will open to travelers on northbound I-5 near the I-705 interchange. The new HOV lanes will open in July, weather permitting.