• I-5 traffic about to get more complicated in Tacoma. Ramp closures start Friday

    By: Craig Hill, The News Tribune

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    TACOMA, Wash. - Drivers should expect ramp closures on Interstate 5 in Tacoma starting Friday, the state Department of Transportation announced.

    As crews rebuild and realign southbound I-5 lanes and ramps, overnight, weekend-long and long-term closures will take place on ramps to and from I-705 and state Route 7. The agency recommends allowing extra time when visiting LeMay – America’s Car Museum.

    Work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled. Rain is forecast for Sunday.

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    Southbound I-5 to East 26th Street: Closed Friday at 10 a.m. to Monday at 5 a.m. During the closure, the adjacent southbound I-5 ramp to I-705 will remain open during daytime hours.

    705 ramp to southbound I-5: Closed Friday at 10 a.m. to Monday at 5 a.m. I-705 users will be detoured using northbound I-5 and the Portland Avenue interchange.

    Southbound I-5 to Route 7: Closed Saturday at 11 p.m. to Sunday at 7 a.m. and Monday through at least mid-October. The detour will use northbound I-705, the Route 509 interchange and southbound I-705.

    Southbound I-5 ramp to I-705: Closed Friday at 9 p.m. to Saturday at 9 a.m.; Saturday at 11 p.m. to Sunday at 7 a.m. and on Monday until 6 a.m.

    Pacific Avenue to southbound I-5: Closed Friday at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Saturday and 11 p.m. on Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday.

    SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5: Closed Saturday at 11 p.m. to Sunday at 7 a.m. and on Monday until 6 a.m.

    Southbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes: Closed Saturday at 11 p.m. to Sunday at 6 a.m and Monday until 6 a.m. During the closures, drivers will be detoured using southbound I-5 and the 54th Street interchange to northbound I-5 and Exit 132. about to get more complicated in Tacoma. Ramp closures start Friday.


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