TACOMA –A key downtown Tacoma thoroughfare will partially reopen for all users of the road next week.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, Pacific Avenue over Interstate 5 will reopen to a single lane of traffic in each direction, along with bicycle and pedestrian access. The specific reopening time has not been announced, so commuters should still use McKinley Way for their morning commute that day.
Closed since spring 2015, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation demolished and rebuilt the Pacific Avenue overpass to make way for additional lanes on I-5.
“We truly appreciate the patience people showed while detouring around this closure,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Brenden Clarke. “We’re pleased to open at least some of the overpass, and are eager to open it in its entirety.”
Over the next two months, WSDOT’s contractor, Max J. Kuney Company, will complete work on the overpass and open the road to its final, four-lane configuration, with a 6-foot-wide sidewalk and a 14-foot-wide shared use path.
McKinley Way closure
A few hours after reopening Pacific Avenue, crews will close East McKinley Way (D Street) at I-5 to demolish and rebuild the overpass. The specific timing of the closure will be announced as the date approaches. Once in place, the closure will be in effect around the clock and is expected to last up to 18 months. During that time, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to Pacific Avenue. To accommodate motorists attending theSaturday, Aug. 20 McKinley Hill Street Fair, one lane of the overpass will be opened to alternating traffic from7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on that day only.
The work is part of the I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project that will widen the interstate and build modern overcrossings to better withstand earthquakes.