Nalley Valley Viaduct Boogered Up for Two Years

Commutes through Tacoma will take longer now that construction has begun on eastbound Highway 16 where it meets Interstate 5. From Union Avenue to the Nalley Valley viaduct, the eastbound lanes have been shifted toward the median so crews can demolish old bridges and build new ones. Ramp meters will try to help the flow of traffic. They’ll be at five on-ramps — Jackson, Pearl, Orchard, Center and Union. Slowdowns are still expected.

The $184 project will get rid of the weave of traffic where cars from I-5 change lanes to merge onto Highway 16 or get off at Sprague Avenue. The Sprague Avenue ramps will close today and These two Sprague ramps close Thursday night and will remain closed for more than two years.

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