[Editor Note: This means serious traffic on SR507 in Yelm, McKenna & Roy and SR7 in Spanaway Parkland]
LACEY – People who travel on northbound Interstate 5 in Nisqually should plan for two weekends of significant delays due to around-the-clock lane closures.
The work scheduled June 7-10 and June 14-17 will allow contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to repair and replace deteriorating concrete about a half-mile after the Nisqually River Bridge. Repairing this section of road will create a smoother transition between the highway and the bridge.
Expect lengthy delays
Since there are no convenient detours through the area, travelers need to plan ahead.
- Travel before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
- Postpone or cancel discretionary trips.
- Allow lots of extra time for travel.
- Consider using transit or carpooling.
Roadway changes due to weekend work
From 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, June 7-10 and June 14-17 two of the three lanes will remain open. The two open lanes will be narrower than usual with a reduced speed limit of 35 mph.
Although busy, the number of travelers during the weekends is lower than weekday commutes. Crews need the entire weekend to remove and replace worn elements of the bridge, including 12 hours without vehicle traffic so the concrete can cure and strengthen. People traveling through may notice periods of little or no activity in the closed lanes while this takes place.
This work is part of a $2.6 million project to repave sections of I-5 between Olympia and Tacoma.