Stay away from Interstate 705 tonight.
That’s the advice from the state Department of Transportation, which is performing emergency maintenance Thursday afternoon on an expansion joint on southbound I-705 just before the merges to Interstate 5 in Tacoma.
Extensive traffic delays are expected.
Traffic is driving on the right shoulder of the ramp to southbound I-5 currently.
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The repair process is expected to last through the evening commute.
Up-to-date information about the emergency repairs can be found at twitter.com/WSDOT_Tacoma.
Later Thursday, the northbound I-5 offramps to state Route 167 and Portland Avenue will be closed for paving. A signed detour will be in place.