Drivers on I-5 can expect more delays this weekend

Those traveling in and around Tacoma via Interstate 5 this weekend might want to be prepared for delays, with two major interstate projects under way: the Puyallup River Bridge deck reconstruction and the three-month closing of the main gate of Fort Lewis.

Officials recommend the use of alternate routes to alleviate any construction-related frustrations.

Puyallup River Bridge deck
Work has progressed well on the I-5, Puyallup River Bridge deck reconstruction project, which moves into the third of four weekend-long lane restrictions starting Friday, Aug. 1.

“We appreciate the support the public has shown for the project so far,” said Fred Tharp, project engineer. “With 60 percent of the project complete, we hope motorists’ patience can hold out for a few more weekends.”

Motorists traveling southbound on I-5 this weekend with destinations south of Tacoma are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid the anticipated backups at the Puyallup River Bridge project.

Use Exit 149 to SR 516 East or Exit 142A to SR 18 East. Both highways will connect with SR 167.

Follow signs to SR 167 South. Exit SR 167 to SR 512 West. SR 512 will intersect with I-5 south of the bridge project.

For more information on the project to resurface the roadway at the Puyallup River Bridge please visit

Fort Lewis Main Gate Closing
In addition to the bridge work, the Fort Lewis main gate entrance at I-5 Exit 120 south of Tacoma will close for three months starting Friday morning, Aug. 1.

Southbound I-5 motorists should use the Center Drive exit (Exit 118) to enter the Army base.

Northbound I-5 motorists should use either the DuPont gate (Exit 119) or Madigan gate (Exit 122).

Additionally, from the Spanaway area motorists can use the Lincoln and Rainier gates on the fort’s east side to completely avoid I-5.

More information on the gate closure project is available from AM 1500, Fort Lewis Gate radio, and AM 1610 or AM 530, the local WSDOT highway advisory radio transmitter.