Fife Road Improvement Projects


It’s no secret that traffic in Fife is challenging. So, what are we doing to make it better? Read on to find out. Remember- the inconvenience of construction is temporary, but the improvements will be permanent.

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Port of Tacoma Interchange Improvement Phase 1

Construction Start Date: June 2018
Anticipated End Date: 2021

Recent Updates: 

  • Night Ramp/ I-5 Mainline Lanes Closures July 9-13:

    Roadway/RampClosureDateTime
    I-5 Southbound Port of Tacoma Road Off-RampFull Ramp Closure- Use Detour RouteWed. 7/11 & Thurs. 7/1211 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    I-5 Southbound near Port of Tacoma RoadLeft 2 Lanes: I-5 MainlineMon. 7/9Single 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Double 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM
    Triple 1:00 AM – 5:00 AM
    Double 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
    I-5 Southbound near Port of Tacoma RoadRight 3 Lanes: I-5 MainlineTues. 7/10Single 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Double 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM
    Triple 1:00 AM – 5:00 AM
    Double 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM
    I-5 Southbound near Port of Tacoma RoadRight 2 Lanes: I-5 MainlineWed. 7/11Single 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Double 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM
    I-5 Southbound near Port of Tacoma RoadRight 2 Lanes: I-5 MainlineThurs. 7/12Single 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Double 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM
  • These ramp and lanes closures will allow for crews to complete the I-5 realignment and temporary striping, and off-ramp barrier installation and striping. 
  • Beginning Wednesday, June 27:
    • 34th Avenue East will be reconfigured to One-Way Northbound.
    • 12th Street East will be reconfigured to One-Way Westbound.
    • This direction of traffic will be indefinite and part of the permanent traffic configuration. 


Project Overview:

  • Phase 1 of this project will modify the existing I-5 Southbound Off and On Ramps.
  • The new I-5 Southbound off-ramp will connect into a new 34th Street Extension to alleviate traffic congestion at Port of Tacoma Road.
  • A new configuration of the I-5/POTR ramps will improve I-5 mainline operation.
  • Traffic queue lengths will be reduced from thousands of feet to only hundreds

What to Expect:

  • As construction progresses, varying lane, ramp and road closures should be expected. All closures will be noticed on our website and social media by Friday the week prior.

SR 99/54th Avenue Improvements


Construction Start Date: May 2018
Anticipated End Date: Late Summer/Fall 2019

Project Overview:

  • Double left turn lanes will be added on Pacific Highway (SR 99) at the 54th Avenue Interchange.
  • New pedestrian and roadway lighting, pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, street trees, curbs and gutters will be added.
  • Enhanced stormwater treatment (less flooding) will be added.

Recent Updates:

  • Contractor working hours are Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Expect Right Lane to be closed during working hours

  • Contractor will be clearing and grubbing along removal of pavements and Sidewalks over the next few weeks.

What to Expect:

  • Lane closures and traffic delays should be expected.

54th Avenue Culvert Replacement

Construction Start Date: July 2018
Anticipated End Date: July 2018

Project Overview:

  • A new, larger concrete culvert (imagine a large pipe that allows water and wildlife to flow under the road) will replace the existing culvert under 54th & 8th.
  • A new traffic signal arm will also replace the existing one.
  • A larger culvert will create more suitable habitat for Wapato Creek and reduce flooding.

Recent Updates:

  • Construction contract was awarded to Active Construction, Inc.
  • Construction will take place July 5-9.

What to Expect:

  • 54th Avenue East at 8th Street will be completely closed from Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m. to Monday, July 9 at 5 a.m.


Pacific Highway Preservation Project

Construction Start Date: July 2018
Anticipated End Date: Fall 2018

Project Overview:

  • Provide one uniform road surface and correct areas of poor subgrade by overlaying the current road from POTR to Milwaukee Avenue East.
  • Curb ramps will be assessed for ADA compliance and reconstructed as needed.
  • Storm frame grates will be assessed for wear and replaced as needed.

Recent Updates:

  • Bid package is being prepared.

What to Expect:

  • Varying lane closures should be expected on Pacific Highway west.


66th Avenue East Extension

Construction Start Date: April
Anticipated End Date: July

Project Overview:

  • A new street is being built between 20th and 26th streets which allow drivers to reach Edgewood without using the busy intersection at 20th and 70th.
  • New sidewalks, illumination and signalization will be added.
  • Storm drainage collection, conveyance, detention and treatment will be added.

Recent Updates:

  • Replacement parking for the impacted industrial properties has been substantially completed.

  • Roadway construction is underway.

  • Construction contract was awarded to Active Construction, Inc.

What to Expect:

  • Road construction noise should be expected, but not traffic disruptions should occur.

Other Projects Impacting Fife

  • Puyallup River Bridge Closure
    • Complete bridge closure: May 21, 2018 – February, 2019
    • Managing Entity: City of Tacoma
    • Project Website
  • Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Lane Construction
    • Adds HOV lanes from Everett to Gig Harbor
    • Managing Entity: WSDOT
    • Project Website
  • SR 167 Extension
    • Construction on Phase I to begin in 2019
    • Managing Entity: WSDOT
    • Project Website
  • Tacoma Dome Link Extension Project
    • Adding light rail from Seattle to Tacoma
    • Managing Entity: Sound Transit
    • Project Website

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