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Second weekend traffic shift comes to SR 16 for Tacoma Narrows Bridge paving

Drivers should expect delays and reduced speeds

TACOMA – The second of two weekend traffic shifts on the State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge will begin in just two days. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead for weekend delays while crews complete paving activities across the westbound bridge.

Beginning around 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, crews will start reducing both eastbound and westbound SR 16 to two lanes in each direction at the Narrows, and routing all four lanes across the eastbound bridge.

At 7 p.m. Friday, crews will also close the 24th Street on-ramp to eastbound SR 16 and the westbound SR 16 exit to 24th Street. At 9 p.m. Friday, crews will close the Jackson Street on-ramp to westbound SR 16.

All lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12.

The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled.

Weeknight closure details:

Paving will also occur on the eastbound SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge during weeknights. As weather allows, one eastbound SR 16 lane will close at 7 p.m., and two more eastbound lanes will close, along with the 24th Street on-ramp to eastbound SR 16, at 9 p.m., on weeknights. All lanes and the ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. each following day.

Drivers can help keep traffic moving

WSDOT thanks drivers for avoiding the area during the first weekend traffic shift that occurred Aug. 19-22. The result was relatively light traffic and minimal delays.

WSDOT again asks drivers to avoid the area this weekend. For those who must cross the Narrows, WSDOT advises planning extra time into trips, and crossing the Narrows either early or late in the day.

Real-time traffic information is available at Tacomatraffic.com, WSDOT Tacoma traffic cameras, and Twitter.        

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Claudia Bingham Baker
Communications Manager


Washington State Department of Transportation | Olympic Region
P.O. Box 47440

Olympia, WA 98504-7440

Office: 360-357-2789
Cell: 360-480-3194

Email: bakerc@wsdot.wa.gov

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