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Category: Federal Way


Final ramp opens today as part of Federal Way Triangle project

The final piece of the Federal Way triangle project will be open to drivers by noon today, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A ramp now connects state Route 18 to state Route 161, which will lessen congestion for those trying to get from the Kent valley to Federal Way’s business district.

The ramp drops drivers south of two busy intersections on South 348th Street, including state Route 161 and Pacific Highway South.

It took crews two years to complete the $112 million project. The first set of new ramps opened in July.

WSDOT said it is still wrapping

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Second flyover ramp connecting SR 18 and I-5 open

A second new flyover ramp connecting eastbound state Route 18 and northbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way opened this afternoon.

The state Department of Transportation opened the first flyover ramp last Monday, connecting westbound SR 18 to northbound I-5.

The new ramps are estimated to carry 32,000 vehicles each day and reduce backups and collisions. They replace an interchange built in the 1960s and are part of a $112 million project at the interchange.

Crews will begin knocking down the old ramps next month.


First new flyover ramp opens in Federal Way

The first new flyover ramp in Federal Way opens today.

The ramp connects westbound state Route 18 to southbound Interstate 5. A second flyover ramp connecting eastbound SR 18 and northbound I-5 is slated to open July 23.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. The state Department of Transportation said a semitruck will be the first vehicle to use the new ramp, which will then open to all drivers.

The ramps, which are opening six months ahead of schedule, are part of a $112 million project to improve the traffic and safety at the interchange.


More I-5 closures in Federal Way this weekend

More nighttime closures are planned on Interstate 5 in Federal Way this weekend, according to the state Department of Transportation.

On Friday night, crews will close all I-5 southbound lanes and two northbound lanes at state Route 18. They will reopen by 7 a.m. Saturday.

Also closing Friday night are the westbound SR 18 off-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 off-ramp to eastbound SR 18.

On Saturday night, all northbound lanes of I-5 at SR 18 will close until 7 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound SR 18 off-ramp to northbound I-5 and northbound I-5 ramp to westbound SR 18

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More nighttime closures on I-5, SR 18 in Federal Way this week

More nighttime closures are planned this week on Interstate 5 and state Route 18 in Federal Way.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews are still installing steel girders for a pair of new flyover bridges as part of a $112 million project. The ramps – one between westbound SR 18 and the other between eastbound SR 18 and northbound I-5 – are scheduled to open this fall.

Here are this week’s closures:

— The two right southbound lanes on I-5 will close at 10 p.m. tonight and reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

— The northbound I-5 on-ramp from westbound SR

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