Planning to drive this East Pierce County highway? You might avoid it until late May

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Residents planning to drive on Sumner-Buckley Highway East may want to start thinking of an alternate route.

Work to resurface a portion of the highway was expected to begin on April 4. The portion that will be impacted goes from 258th Avenue East to West Mason Avenue, according to Pierce County’s website. Work is expected to finish in late May.

Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The highway will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic. Motorists may follow a pilot car through the work area.

The plan is to install or replace guardrails on many sections of the highway. Site preparation work was expected to begin April 4. Resurfacing work is expected to begin April 11.

The Washington State County Road Administration Board Rural Arterial Program funds are paying for the $1.1 million project. The project’s contractor is ICON Materials.

This story was originally published by The News Tribune.