Crews tearing down the old eastbound state Route 16 viaduct over Tacoma’s Nalley Valley are nearly finished with the first stage of their work, meaning the partial closure of South Sprague Avenue between South 35th Street and South Tacoma Way will end today.
Lane closures will continue on South Center Street and South Tacoma Way, as crews turn their attention to building shafts for the new eastbound bridge.
“On South Center Street, where the shaft work will begin, motorists can expect single- and double-lane closures during daytime hours through at least March 24,” state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker said.
On South Tacoma Way, single-lane closures will continue at least through March 14 to allow crews to haul away demolition debris, Bingham Baker said.
The project also will cause extensive nighttime closures of the southbound Interstate 5 exit to South 38th Street this month.
The 38th Street off-ramp will be closed from 11 p.m.-5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and again from March 12-16.
Detour signs will direct drivers to the 56th Street exit. The closure will not affect motorists traveling from southbound I-5 to westbound state Route 16, Bingham Baker said.
Rob Carson, rob.carson @thenewstribune.com