FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Major roadwork will cause disruptions for drivers trying to make their way through Fife and Tacoma this weekend.
A 5-mile stretch of I-5 will be closed in both directions on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. between Highway 18 in Federal Way and 54th Avenue in Fife. (See the full schedule below).
Crews are installing 10 gigantic girders to build a new 70th Avenue East Bridge in Fife. It’s part of the Puget Sound Gateway’s SR 167 Completion Project that’s going to extend SR 167 from Puyallup to I-5 and I-5 to the Port of Tacoma.
Washington State Department of Transportation said each girder is 220 feet long, 9 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 231,000 pounds.
Crews are moving heavy equipment, so drivers can expect to see some additional lane closures as well as closures of on-and-off ramps, depending on where they are.
Travelers should avoid the area if possible because there could be significant backups in each direction.
Friday, August 28 and Saturday August 29
· I-5 lane closures begin at 8 p.m. on Friday
· All lanes of I-5 will close at 11p.m. between 54th Avenue East in Fife and SR 18 in Federal Way
· Lanes start to reopen by 8 a.m. Saturday
· All lanes will reopen by noon Saturday
Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30
· I-5 lane closures begin at 8 p.m. Saturday
· All lanes of I-5 will close at 11 p.m. between 54th Avenue East in Fife and SR 18 in Federal Way
· Lanes start to reopen by 8 a.m. Sunday
· All lanes will reopen by noon Sunday
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