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Leaders Celebrate Construction Start of New I-5 HOV Project

Matt Ball on February 19, 2015 - in Construction, Projects, Roads, Transportation

Ceremonial shovels turned dirt today as state and local officials gathered to break ground on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s most recent Interstate 5 high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) project in Tacoma.

Once complete, motorists will enjoy another two miles of HOV lanes on northbound I-5 that will start in Tacoma and join with existing HOV lanes in Fife. The centerpiece of this project will be a new northbound I-5 bridge over the Puyallup River.

Additional benefits:
• A straighter segment of northbound I-5 over the Puyallup River;
• Wider shoulders;
• Improved safety barrier and lighting;
• Added and improved technology that allows WSDOT to manage traffic and relay roadway information to drivers.

“This project is building a key link in our expanding HOV system in Pierce County,” said Washington State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson. “We’re continuing to make gains on our efforts to not only improve traffic flow for I-5 users, but also to give them viable alternatives to driving alone.”

This project is one piece of WSDOT’s overall effort to build HOV lanes on I-5 and State Routes 16 and 167 in Pierce County.

It was July 2014 when a similar groundbreaking ceremony was hosted for the adjacent I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project that currently is under construction. Residents, businesses, and travelers can anticipate three years of construction while both projects are built simultaneously.

Drivers are encouraged to stay informed of traffic impacts by visiting Tacomatraffic.com, WSDOT’s traffic alerts andconstruction update webpages, and following WSDOT’s regional Twitter account.

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