Friday, August 31, 2012

Lane Closures on I-5 around DuPont



"Starting next week, motorists will encounter single and multiple lane closures during night hours in both directions of Interstate 5 near DuPont as crews begin a project to replace over 4.5 miles of concrete median barrier.  

Crews will close a single lane of northbound and southbound I-5 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 4-5, to install construction signs. Barrier work, and multiple night lane closures, will begin the following week. From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 14, crews will close multiple lanes of southbound and northbound I-5 starting near Berkeley Ave. 

The closures will be repeated in both directions of I-5 in various locations within the project limits through mid-October."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Truckers back completion of SR-167

Several trucking companies from around Washington state joined the chorus calling on lawmakers to complete SR 167, a critical freight corridor of state and national significance. Finishing the remaining six miles to SR 167 from its end in Puyallup to the Port industrial area will improve access to the Port of Tacoma. 

Trucking companies expressing their support for the project include Premier Transport, PCC Logistics, Tacoma Transload and D&B Trucking of Tacoma, Tyson Trucking of Eatonville, American Container Transport of Ellensburg, Truck Force of Vancouver and Truck Express of Covington. 

For more information on SR-167, please see:

Rail Project Will Improve Flow of Freight

President Barack Obama announced  that a project to improve mainline rail connections near the Port of Tacoma is one of four to be expedited by the federal government. The Point Defiance Bypass in Tacoma will relieve chokepoints near the Port by re-routing passenger rail and improving the flow of cargo to and from the Port. The project has already received $91 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

To better understand how this project improves freight mobility, please see:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

SR 509/East D Street Slip Ramps Open House

From the City of Tacoma:

You’re invited to an open house to learn more about the upcoming State Route 509/East D Street slip ramp project. The open house is scheduled for Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. in Room 405 of the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway).
The open house will focus on informing City residents, businesses and property owners in the area about the project features and schedule. The open house will also give participants an opportunity to comment on the preferred design alternative, or two alternatives if a preferred alternative decision has not been made.

The City will lead the design of a street and highway interchange at State Route 509 and East D Street. Once constructed, the interchange will improve freight movement into and from the Port of Tacoma as well as access to businesses on either side of the Thea Foss Waterway and to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yard.

The project is entering the initial stage of selecting a preferred interchange design alternative and preparing the environmental documentation. Comment cards will be available for meeting participants to provide feedback to the project team. Additional project information is available at