Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to close for fuel cleanup

The Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will have nighttime closures through next week so crews can finish cleaning fuel spilled by an overturned tanker truck.

Environmental Partners Inc. will do the work, according to the state Department of Transportation.

No detour will be posted, so drivers are advised to plan alternate routes. The ramp will remain open over Labor Day weekend.

The closures will take place:

▪ 8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 1) to 5 a.m. Friday (Sept. 2.)

▪ 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

▪ 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to 5 a.m. Sept. 8.

▪ 8 p.m. Sept. 8 to 5 a.m. Sept. 9.

▪ 9 p.m. Sept. 9 to 6 a.m. Sept. 10.

The spill happened Aug. 18 when a tanker truck carrying 7,700 gallons of fuel overturned while trying to get onto I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road.

One of truck’s three tanks, containing more than 3,000 gallons of fuel, ruptured and began leaking, prompting the evacuation of businesses within a half-mile radius and a three-hour closure of I-5.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653