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3-month closure of southbound I-5 exit to Tacoma Mall starts April 20

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The closures are scheduled as follows: 

• 11 p.m. Monday, April 15, to 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 16: 
Closing all eastbound SR 16 lanes at Union Avenue. 
Closing Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16. 

• 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, to 4 a.m. Wednesday, April 17: 
Closing all eastbound SR 16 lanes at Union Avenue. 
Closing Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16. 

• 10 p.m. Friday, April 19, to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20: 
Closing one southbound lane of I-5 between I-705 and SR 16. The southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 will remain open. 

• 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 20: 
Closing southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street (Exit #132A). The closure will remain in effect through July. 

• 12:01 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20 
Also closing southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 (Exit #132B). Motorists will be detoured via the South 56th Street interchange. 

• 10 p.m. Saturday, April 20, to 9 a.m. Sunday, April 21: 
Closing all eastbound SR 16 lanes at Union Avenue. 
Closing Union Avenue on-ramp to eastbound SR 16. 

WSDOT will provide a signed detour directing motorists to exit I-5 at South 56th Street, re-enter northbound I-5, and to access South 38th Street from northbound I-5. With the exception of six hours early Saturday morning, April 20, the southbound I-5 exit to westbound SR 16 (#132B) will remain open. 

“We know this long ramp closure is an inconvenience,” said Kevin Dayton, WSDOT Olympic region administrator. “We’ve done all the work we can do while keeping the exit open to traffic. We appreciate everybody’s patience while we work as fast as possible to complete and reopen the new ramp.” 

Drivers can expect congestion on I-5 in the vicinity of SR 16 during the closure, especially between 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays. To keep traffic moving, WSDOT encourages motorists to alter their routes and travel times if possible. Up to 9,000 drivers use the South 38th Street exit each day. 

The work is part of the $115 million SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project that is scheduled for completion in mid- 2014.

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