Question: Whens the new connection from Highway 16 to Interstate 5 going to be finished? -- Randall, University Place
Answer: The entire $75 million project, which is under way in Tacomas Nalley Valley, wont be finished until summer 2014.
But a major milestone is coming later this week, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Crews are nearly finished building the temporary viaduct that will shift traffic from the existing eastbound state Route 16 viaduct onto southbound I-5.
If all goes well, according to Transportation Department spokeswoman Kelly Stowe, eastbound traffic will be shifted onto the new temporary structure on Thursday.
Demolition of the old structure, whats left of the roadway supported by the distinctive tetrapod columns, is set to begin Dec. 17, Stowe said.
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