A road improvement project beginning next week could cause delays over the next two months for drivers who cut through Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Interstate 5 from Spanaway
The eight-week project will limit access to several gates military and civilian workers use to enter Lewis-McChord. It is scheduled to begin Monday, April 1 and run through at least the end of May.
The Army said the project will shut Perimeter Road and 150th Street Southwest – roads that bisect Lewis-McChord from Spanaway to the interstate – to civilian and commercial traffic. That means those drivers generally will have to go north of Lewis-McChord to get on the interstate.
The work is intended to fix pot holes, pave shoulders and repair cracks. The roads also will be repaved.
It’s “a little bit of pain for long-term gain,” said base spokesman Joe Kubistek.
For drivers heading toward McChord Air Field: The Barnes and Logistics gates will be closed.
Drivers who normally used the Barnes Gate can use the East Gate at the intersection of Military and Perimeter roads.
Commercial drivers who normally use the McChord Logistics Gate instead will be able to access the McChord Field’s North Gate at the intersection of South Tacoma Way and 112th Street. That gate will be limited to commercial traffic.
For drivers heading to Lewis-Main: Military and civilian drivers will have access to the Rainier Gate during commuting times. It will be open for inbound traffic from 5 to 7:30 a.m., and for outbound traffic from 4 to 7 p.m.
Perimeter Road and the Rainier Gate will be closed at all other times of the day, and on weekends and holidays.