Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Accessing Downtown - Detour Delayed Two Hours for Jan. 21, 2015

The Washington State Department of Transportation released a time delay in the detour scheduled to start on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. 

This Traffic Advisory announced that the ramp closure for southbound I-705 time has been pushed back to start at 7 p.m. and will continue until 5 a.m. Thursday, January 22. Please be advised that this detour will direct motorists onto southbound I-5 and through the South 56th Street interchange causing heavy traffic delays for motorist who access downtown.

This closure was initially scheduled at 5 p.m. but has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Which means if you were expecting delays at 5 p.m., you have been given a two hour reprieve! The WSDOT mindfully changed the delay time away from one of the busiest times in traffic for our area.

The ramp is set to close for bridge construction to allow contractor crews to situate heavy equipment on the ramp to build a particularly challenging foundation for a new bridge pier. For more information on the changes to the bridge click here

Please check the latest roadway conditions with WSDOT’s online travel tools, such as Tacomatraffic.com, Travel Alerts web page, the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates web page, and follow the WSDOT Twitter feed. 

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