LAKEWOOD - Drivers might feel a twinge of déjà vu next month when orange cones, construction crews and lane closures reappear on Interstate 5 (I-5) in Pierce County.
Crews return to Lakewood in April to repave the Clover Creek Bridge. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) awarded the $650,000 project to C.A. Carey Corp. earlier this year.
Last summer, lane closures and backups were the norm between Martin Way in Thurston County and 48th Street in Pierce County as crews repaired 25 miles of roadway.
“This year we’re focusing on the bridge, and it will take less time to complete, when compared to last summer’s work,” said Kevin Dayton, region administrator. “The good news is we are able to complete the work in just four weekends.”
Overlaying the bridge’s deck and replacing approach slabs requires two extended weekend closures (up to three lanes closed Friday night through Monday morning), and two weekends of Friday and Saturday night lane closures.
“We’ll really need drivers’ help on weekends,” said Dayton. “We’ll be asking people to avoid the area; otherwise we could see extremely long backups.”
Traffic backups could reach five miles or more depending on traffic volumes and the number of lanes closed. The work is also weather-dependent, which makes pinpointing the affected weekends difficult. A tentative schedule is posted at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/CloverCreekBridge/ .
During construction, additional WSDOT crews and Washington State Patrol troopers will be in force to help keep the work zones clear. Drivers are encouraged to check their routes before they go using our Web site at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ or by calling 511.
Why is WSDOT rehabilitating the bridge deck and approach slabs?
The orignal deck concrete is cracked and spalling. Deck overlay is necessary to preserve the bridge.
WSDOT is also replacing some of the bridge approach slabs. The bridge approach slabs play an important role by providing a gradual transition between the roadway and the bridge.
The End Result
Once this project is complete, motorists will encounter a smoother ride and less wear and tear
- Provide a smoother ride
- Preserves brdige life while minimizing maintenance costs
- Improves the structural integrity of the bridge
What is the project timeline?
Weather depending, work is scheduled to begin in the southbound direction the weekend of April 8 for a total of four weekend closures. If rain cancels work, the closure will be rescheduled for the next dry weekend.
- Weekend of April 8: Friday night, crews reduce southbound I-5 to a single lane of traffic beginning at 10 p.m. All lanes reopen to traffic by 10 a.m. Saturday April 9. Crews return to the roadway 9 p.m. Saturday and are off the road by 10 a.m. Sunday, April 11.
- Weekend of April 15: Friday thru Monday closure. Motorists can expect lane closures southbound I-5 beginning 10 p.m. Friday April 15 thru 5 a.m., Monday, April 18.
- Weekend of April 22:Friday night, crews reduce northbound I-5 to a single lane of traffic beginning at 10 p.m. All lanes reopen to traffic by 10 a.m. Saturday April 23. Crews return to the roadway 9 p.m. Saturday and are off the road by 10 a.m. Sunday, April 24.
Weekend of April 29:Friday thru Monday closure. Motorists can expect lane closures northbound I-5 beginning 10 p.m. Friday April 29 thru 5 a.m., Monday, May 2.