Question: Skeeter Glenn and Linda Hoerling-Glenn of Tacoma are wondering what’s up with all the construction activity at Exit 135 on Interstate 5.
Answer: The road work is the first stage of a mega project to expand capacity and smooth bottlenecks from Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road.
“This widening and improvement project on I-5 from Portland Avenue to the Port of Tacoma sets the stage for a larger project on I-5 that will build new bridges across the Puyallup River for future HOV lanes,” according to the Washington Department of Transportation’s Web site.
“Crews will widen and retrofit the I-5 bridges at Portland Avenue and Bay Street to meet current earthquake design standards, and improve the ground along I-5 to support embankments for new bridges spanning the Puyallup River.”
At that point, I-5 construction will be complete and traffic will flow smoothly through Tacoma forevermore. (That’s a joke.)
A plug: For more on WSDOT projects, check out the agency’s excellent web site, which allows you to track detailed information on how your road dollars are being spent and how your commute will be effected.