• One of I-5's worst chokepoints to get some relief, but not anytime soon

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - Commuters who travel one of the state's worst chokepoints, Interstate 5 near JBLM, will be getting some relief, but not anytime soon.

    The Washington State Department of Transportation is planning a major facelift in the area to help ease traffic congestion in the northbound and southbound lanes along the I-5 stretch near the Steilacoom/Dupont Road exit.

    WSDOT said it will add extra lanes improving traffic flow.   

    To add the lanes, WSDOT said it will have to tear down existing overpasses in the area, which won’t allow for more lane space, and rebuild them.

    WSDOT also said the process to improve traffic won’t be short, either. Their timeline calls for the project to be completed by 2024.

    The state legislature has approved $500 million for the project, and they are also asking the public to submit comments to help in the interstate improvement project.

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