Pierce County crews will be working on the Sumner-Tapps Highway today, adding left turn lanes at the South Tapps Drive East intersection.
The road is not being widened. Instead, crews will re-stripe the northbound lanes to reduce the two uphill lanes to one lane and a center two-way left-turn lane between the South Tapps Drive intersection and 166th Avenue East.
The striping for the southbound lanes will also be changed to create the left-turn lane.
Traffic delays are possible during the work, according to the county.
“The addition of the left-turn lanes will significantly improve traffic operations and safety at the intersection,” Rory Grindley, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities traffic engineer, said in a statement. “They will also help alleviate traffic back-up experienced by southbound traffic during the afternoon commute.”