TACOMA – Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the East L Street overpass for over two years to pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic in Tacoma as early as 12:01 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11.
The closure, which will be in effect until fall 2021, allows crews to demolish and rebuild the overpass to accommodate a widened Interstate 5 and new HOV lanes.
Crews will close East L Street between East 28th Street and the East 27th Street/Wiley Avenue intersection. During the closure, vehicles and bicyclists will detour using East 28th Street, East Portland Avenue to East 27th Street and Wiley Avenue, to East McKinley Way and East 34th Street.
A pedestrian detour will be available via East 28th Street, East Portland Avenue and East 27th Street. The contractor, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, will be making pedestrian accessible improvements on East 28th Street and East 27th Street before the pedestrian detour is implemented.
The new East L Street overpass will sport two 11-foot-wide lanes for vehicular traffic, flanked by two six-foot-wide sidewalks and bicycle lanes in both directions.
Updated HOV construction information is available on Tacomatraffic.com. Before heading out the door, travelers can find the latest road conditions on the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.