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Happier Beginning Coming for Highway 16

July 14th, 2008 by ed friedrich

A project is going to ad this week that, when done, should make getting onto Highway 16 from I-5 in Tacoma much less scary. Right now, there are more accidents there than anywhere in the state, according to the Department of Transportation.
The problem is there’s a whole lot of merging going oin there. Traffic that has just gotten on to Highway 16 from northbound I-5 have to immediately merge to the left while some vehicles in left lane coming from are trying to get to the right so they can exit at Sprague Avenue.
The Department of Transportation is calling it the I-5/SR 16: Westbound Nalley Valley project. It’s the first part of a multi-year, three-project effort to build a better Nalley Valley Viaduct.
Crews will build dedicated ramps for the various traffic movements that take place between northbound and southbound I-5, westbound SR 16 and Sprague Avenue. A computer-enhanced photo here shows how the the viaduct will look after the first project is completed.
It will be followed by two other Nalley Valley projects — building a new eastbound viaduct (and demolishing the existing viaduct); and building HOV connections between I-5 and the Highway 16 HOV lanes.

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