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SR 16 reduced to one lane near Gig Harbor overnight on Sept. 25

OLYMPIA – Nighttime drivers traveling near Gig Harbor on eastbound and westbound State Route 16 during the night of Thursday, Sept. 25 are encouraged to plan for delays. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce both directions of SR 16 to one lane in each direction, and redirect that one lane through the Olympic Drive interchange, while crews replace a previously damaged girder.

From 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, to 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, all drivers on eastbound and westbound SR 16 will be directed through the Olympic Drive on- and off-ramps to detour around the closed mainline SR 16 lanes. During the closures, crews will use two cranes stationed in the closed freeway lanes to remove the damaged overpass girder. Crews then will install a new 84,000-pound replacement girder that is approximately 100 feet long and 3.5 feet wide.

The bridge girder was previously struck by an overheight semi in 2013. As part of the project, the westbound lanes of SR 16 were restriped to gain just over two inches of vertical clearance under the overpass. Crews will also install new overhead signs.

The project is on schedule and is slated to be complete by mid-November.

Stay informed by checking WSDOT’s traffic alerts and construction update webpages, following WSDOT’s regional Twitter account, and by calling 5-1-1.

Hyperlinks within the advisory:

Project web page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr16/olympicdrnwbridgerpr/

WSDOT traffic alerts web page: www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts

Weekly construction updates: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Regions/Olympic/Construction/

Twitter: twitter.com/wsdot_tacoma