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Tacoma’s L street overpass closes for two years on Feb. 11. A new version opens in 2021

Decade-old HOV project in Tacoma about to enter home stretch

In February, widening will begin on southbound Interstate 5 between the Tacoma Dome and Port of Tacoma Road to make room for new HOV lanes. The final $324 million segment is part of a $1.6 billion project that is expected to finish by fall of 2021.
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In February, widening will begin on southbound Interstate 5 between the Tacoma Dome and Port of Tacoma Road to make room for new HOV lanes. The final $324 million segment is part of a $1.6 billion project that is expected to finish by fall of 2021.

Tacoma’s East L Street overpass over Interstate 5 closes Feb. 11 on its way to becoming rubble. A replacement opens in fall 2021.

The demolition is part of the Washington state Department of Transportation’s commuter lane (HOV) project now under way.

Contractor crews will close the overpass as early as 12:01 a.m. Feb. 11, WSDOT announced Thursday.

When its replacement opens, it will sport two 11-foot wide vehicle lanes and 6-foot wide sidewalks.

The new overpass will accommodate a widened I-5 and new HOV lanes.

Lane closures on I-5 will occur during demolition, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 18.

Traffic can detour the construction site and cross I-5 using the underpass at East Portland Avenue and the overpass at East 34th Street, WSDOT said.

A pedestrian detour will be available via East 28th Street, East Portland Avenue and East 27th Street.

Construction information can be found at Tacomatraffic.com.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.


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