Avoid northbound Interstate 5/Route 16 interchange this weekend if you know what’s good for you

Avoid northbound Interstate 5/Route 16 interchange this weekend if you know what’s good for you
(WSDOT)

TACOMA, Wash. — Roadwork on the Interstate 5/State Route 16 interchange in Tacoma over the next two weekends could create a “mileslong backup” in the northbound lanes, the Washington State Department of Transportation is warning.

The work will occur in the northbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street and Route 16. The exit will be reduced to one lane around the clock. Crews will be replacing concrete panels.

That, in turn, might lead to a horrendous backup in the northbound lanes of I-5.

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The restrictions will run from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday and again from 10 p.m. Feb. 7 to 5 a.m. Feb. 10. Bad weather could cause the work to be rescheduled, WSDOT said.

The high occupancy vehicle connection from northbound I-5 to westbound Route 16 will be open to single-occupant vehicles while the work is under way. There is no access from the Route 16 HOV lane to Union Avenue or Sprague Avenue.

More information on closures can be found at TacomaTraffic.com, and real-time updates can be found at the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.