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All SR 16 traffic routed onto eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge beginning Aug. 26

Drivers should expect delays and reduced speeds

TACOMA – Drivers who use the State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge are encouraged to plan ahead for weekend and weekday delays in late August and early September.

During the weekends of Aug. 26 - 29 and Sept. 9 - 12, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce SR 16 to two lanes in each direction at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for bridge paving.

To keep traffic moving, the eastbound lanes of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will be used to carry both eastbound and westbound traffic across the Narrows.

“Repaving both bridges is quite an undertaking,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Gaius Sanoy. “We appreciate drivers’ patience as we work to take care of these key routes over the Narrows.”

Weekend closure details:

  • SR 16 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction at the Narrows over the weekends of Aug. 26 and Sept. 9.
  • Reducing eastbound SR 16 to two lanes will occur in phases starting at 6 p.m. each Friday.
  • The two westbound SR 16 lanes will be detoured onto the eastbound bridge. That shift will also occur in phases starting at 8 p.m. each Friday.
  • Crews will close the 24th Street on-ramp to eastbound SR 16 and the westbound SR 16 exit to 24th Street. The Jackson Street on-ramp to westbound SR 16 may also need to be closed. The ramps will be closed at 7 p.m. each Friday.
  • The highway speed limit will be temporarily reduced at the bridge over both weekends from 60 mph to 35 mph.
  • All lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. each following Monday morning.

Weeknight closure details:

Drivers can expect nighttime eastbound lane closures between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, through Thursday, Sept. 1, as contractor crews repave the eastbound lanes of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The westbound bridge will be open to westbound traffic during that time.

Drivers can help keep traffic moving

WSDOT anticipates lengthy traffic delays during the weekend closures. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, add extra time to their travel and delay discretionary trips. Get real-time traffic information from, WSDOT Tacoma traffic cameras, and Twitter.

The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled.

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