Landslides and construction deliver a double whammy to Pierce County roads
You may need to find creative re-routings to avoid some road closures in the area in the coming days, and in at least one case near the Pierce-Mason County line, a 22-mile detour is in store.
Interstate 5: The final push for a new I-5 bridge over the Puyallup River, part of the $1.4 billion I-5 and Highway 16 project for high occupancy vehicles (HOVs), has tracing work which need to be completed. This includes an approximately 2 mile long segment of I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to the East McKinley Way overpass, and is weather dependent. Work will take place at night, typically from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., with traffic reduced to one lane at certain times. The ramps will close at night but reopen during the day.
Key Peninsula: Drivers should be prepared to find part of the Key Peninsula Highway NW closed Monday for culvert replacement. Temporary repairs were carried out on site on Friday. The county, in an update sent Friday, said the site should be “closed” Monday with a detour in place. The detour route is Cornwall Rd NW, 186th Ave NW and Herron Rd NW. Closing on Monday is scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pierce County: Orville Road East between Kapowsin Highway and State Route 161 remains closed to traffic due to multiple mudslides, according to the county. Although some minor landslides have been cleared, the county said it will assess the remaining landslides on Monday “to determine if they have stabilized enough to be safely cleared.”
A landslide blocked both lanes of Orville Road East near the south end of Lake Ohop. The road is closed to all traffic. The county advised local residents to use State Road 161.
Mason County: State Route 302 remains closed in both directions at mile marker 4.5 near the Mason/Pierce County line (Rocky Bay/Victor area) and will remain closed until further notice, according to the State Department of Transportation. the state. The site is closed to through traffic in both directions due to damaged pavement. Officials told the Kitsap Sun tCrews should wait for the site to stabilize before beginning repairs. DOT Status noted in a press release that “people who usually use National Road 302 between National Road 3 and National Road 16 will have to use a 22-mile detour via National Road 16 to Gorst or use alternative routes.”