If you’re taking Mom out for lunch this weekend for Mother’s Day, it would be wise to scout the travel route carefully.
An array of city and state road projects will close several busy area routes for large chunks of the weekend, detouring traffic and adding drive time to many South Sound weekend travel plans.
Begin with downtown Tacoma’s arterials: both lanes of Interstate 705 northbound will be closed from 4 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday for crews to grind away and replace the freeway’s asphalt.
The area under repair, and closed to traffic, stretches from the South 11th Street overpass of the Murray Morgan Bridge to the Schuster Parkway off-ramp.
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Addtionally, state paving work will shut the I-705 ramp onto I-5 north from Friday night until Monday morning. The I-705 ramp to southbound State Route 7 is slated for overnight closures Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Freeways outside Tacoma’s center won’t be spared the inconvenience.
Northbound Interstate 5’s offramp onto state Route 167 — that’s exit 135 onto River Road — is to close Friday night to Monday morning for state crews to install drainage under the ramp. East 28th Street will be closed overnight Saturday but should reopen by midday Sunday.
All the construction plans and closures will depend on the weather. The state Department of Transportation will decide at noon Friday whether the work is a go.