WSDOT: New Nalley Valley viaduct open for traffic

TACOMA - Driving in Tacoma just got a bit easier.  Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews completed construction ahead of schedule on Sunday, and traffic is flowing currently on the new, permanent Nalley Valley viaduct, the DOT said in a press release:

"The Washington State Department of Transportation credits the early opening to hard work and hour-by-hour planning by contractor Mowat Construction and the WSDOT construction office overseeing the project.

“We want to thank the public for altering their travel plans to help reduce congestion in the area this weekend,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Neal Uhlmeyer. “They played a big part in our ability to open the highway on the new eastbound viaduct sooner than we’d scheduled.”

Now that eastbound SR 16 traffic has moved onto the new viaduct, crews will begin demolishing most of the temporary eastbound viaduct to make room for remaining construction work.

Remaining work includes completing two new ramps from Sprague Avenue South to Interstate 5. The ramps, which connect drivers to both directions of I-5, are expected to open to traffic this July.

The $115 million I-5/SR 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project is the second of three projects that rebuild the Nalley Valley Viaduct. This phase of the project will be complete by this July."