“A key bridge over Interstate 5 will be demolished in September to create more lanes for Tacomas notoriously heavy freeway traffic. The bridges demolition just the start of a three-year project which aims to ease congestion by temporarily creating a lot of it.
The $168 million project will build high occupancy vehicle lanes along Interstate 5 from South M Street east to East Portland Avenue, about 1.5 miles. The project also widens the highway to four lanes in each direction.
To make room for the lanes, WSDOT will demolish and rebuild the Pacific Avenue bridge over I-5. Once Pacific Avenues bridge is rebuilt, around August 2015, WSDOT will then demolish the McKinley Way bridge. The project includes resurfacing I-5 in that area, and constructing a new northbound bridge over the I-705 interchange,” quoting Kate Martin in the Tacoma News Tribune.