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(This message is from the Wahington State Department of Transportation)

A short-term project to preserve Interstate 5 from Lacey to Tacoma is about to get underway, including work in Lakewood.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace 21 concrete panels on northbound and southbound I-5 between College Street in Lacey and 38th Street in Tacoma.

Several nighttime lane and ramp closures will be necessary during this preservation project beginning Thursday, Aug. 20:

Thursday, Aug. 20, to the morning of Friday, Aug. 21
  • Up to three lanes of northbound I-5 near State Route 512 will close. The first lane closure will start at 7 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.
  • Up to two lanes of southbound I-5 near 48th Street will close. The first lane closure will start 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 21, to the morning of Saturday, Aug. 22
  • Up to three lanes of southbound I-5 south of SR 512 will close. The first lane closure will start at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 8:30 a.m.
  • From 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, both the eastbound and westbound SR 512 on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close.
  • Drivers will detour via northbound I-5 and through the 72nd Street interchange.
Saturday, Aug. 22, to the morning of Sunday, Aug. 23
  • Up to three lanes of southbound I-5 south of SR 512 will close. The first lane closure will start at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen at midnight.
Early Sunday, Aug. 23
  • During a nine-hour closure from 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, both the eastbound and westbound SR 512 on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close.
  • Drivers will detour via northbound I-5 and through the 72nd Street interchange.

Some of the concrete panels were installed when I-5 first opened during the early 1960s. The large concrete squares are now severely cracked, broken and chipped.

Replacing the panels will not only help keep traffic and freight moving, it will also help reduce the need for costly and inconvenient emergency repairs when potholes suddenly appear. 

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