Weekend lane closures on highly traveled SR 167 bridge in Puyallup to cause delays

Commuters in the Puyallup area should prepare for round-the-clock lane closures this weekend at the state Route 167 bridge over the Puyallup River.

The state Department of Transportation is preparing to move the northbound steel bridge 60 feet to the east to redirect traffic as part of the project to replace the span.

Crews also plan to pave the concrete southbound structure.

All northbound and southbound lanes at the bridge will close from 9 p.m. Friday until at least 2 p.m. Sunday. The closures might be extended, according to the Transportation Department, and crews could postpone the work if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Once lanes reopen, northbound traffic will be shifted onto the steel span via the new alignment and southbound traffic will continue on its normal route.

During the closure, drivers will be detoured to state routes 161 and 512. North Levee Road will detour via Freeman Road East and Valley Avenue East.

Transportation officials encouraged “drivers to plan a strategy to deal with potentially long daytime delays and heavy congestion in the Puyallup area,” according to a statement on the agency’s website.

“WSDOT traffic engineers warn that without a considerable reduction in daytime traffic during the closures, drivers will face significant backups and delays.”

Northbound and southbound state Route 167 is traveled by more than 35,000 vehicles a day on average. To reduce unnecessary traffic, officials recommend eliminating discretionary trips, avoiding peak travel times and allowing extra time for travel.