Best to Avoid I-5 Near Lakewood Over Weekend

The DOT folks are going goofy, and I like it. They wrote up this press release that deserves to run as-is. I want to encourage their creativity. Here you go:

My oh my! Southbound I-5 traffic will be ‘‘Haggard’ through Tacoma and Lakewood, April 30-May 2
Crews plan fourth extended closure for concrete rehabilitation this weekend in Pierce County

LAKEWOOD – Whether your weekend itinerary includes watching the M’s at Safeco Field, listening to Merle Haggard sing “Okie from Muskogee” at Emerald Queen or getting your “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” on with Brooks and Dunn at the Tacoma Dome – if your return trip home includes traveling southbound I-5 through Tacoma and Lakewood, you can expect significant backups and delays.

Weather-permitting, crews close three lanes of southbound I-5 between 48th Street (milepost 131) in Tacoma and Gravelly Lake Drive (milepost 124) in Lakewood this weekend for concrete panel rehabilitation.  The work hours are:

Friday – two lanes of I-5 southbound close at 7 p.m. with three lanes closing by 11 p.m. All lanes reopen by 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1.

Saturday – two lanes closing at 7 p.m. with a triple-lane closure in effect by 11 p.m. All lanes reopen by noon, Sunday.

The work is part of a summer-long project that repairs and rehabilitates 25.5 miles of I-5 in Thurston and Pierce counties. To date, crews have replaced 108 of 295 panels and installed 5,466 of 56,000 dowel bars.

Drivers are encouraged to adjust their travel times or take alternate routes if at all possible. The best times to travel this weekend are Saturday and Sunday afternoons.