Sumner-Tapps Highway Construction Work 2021

Overhead image of existing Sumner-Tapps Highway with lines overlaid showing new channelization of lanes.

Its going to be a busy 2021 on Sumner-Tapps Highway! There are four separate projects or events scheduled for 2021, and this is the place to keep track of project progress, upcoming traffic warnings, and corridor concerns. The City of Sumner has lined up two major roadway preservation projects that utilize federal funds. And there's a utility project. And a major detour weekend too? No work at the 64th Intersection, but that is a bigger project that is in preliminary design right now. There's still a large funding gap to build those improvements, but we're positioning the project for federal grant opportunities. You can find out more about that project here:https://connects.sumnerwa.gov/166th-410_interchange

Project One: Resurfacing (Complete)

The resurfacing project will remove the top inch of existing roadway asphalt and replace it with two additional inches. This project is substantially complete.

Project Two: Guardrail Replacement

Scheduled for later in the year, the guardrail replacement project will upgrade and replace the existing guardrail that has reached the end of its serviceable life. New guardrail at current design height will be extended with appropriate end treatments to protect motorists to today's improved roadside design standards.

Project Three: Pole Relocation

Kicking off in late spring and early summer, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be relocating some of their utility poles at our request to improve safety in the corridor. This is done at no cost to the City under a utility agreement. There are many utilities on those poles, so multiple utility companies will be involved in the work.

Project Four: NB SR 167 Weekend Detour

This summer, Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) will be closing northbound 167 for a weekend to complete some major bridge preservation work. We don't know which weekend yet. During that weekend, Sumner-Tapps Highway will be utilized as a passenger car detour route (Truck traffic will utiilize Traffic Avenue instead). It should be quite the weekend!

All of these projects will be working on close time-frames and could overlap, so City staff will be working hard to ensure that you are inconvenienced as little as possible. But, as with all road construction, there will be inconveniences. So follow the project in the email sign-up in the lower right of this page to keep up with the latest information!

Its going to be a busy 2021 on Sumner-Tapps Highway! There are four separate projects or events scheduled for 2021, and this is the place to keep track of project progress, upcoming traffic warnings, and corridor concerns. The City of Sumner has lined up two major roadway preservation projects that utilize federal funds. And there's a utility project. And a major detour weekend too? No work at the 64th Intersection, but that is a bigger project that is in preliminary design right now. There's still a large funding gap to build those improvements, but we're positioning the project for federal grant opportunities. You can find out more about that project here:https://connects.sumnerwa.gov/166th-410_interchange

Project One: Resurfacing (Complete)

The resurfacing project will remove the top inch of existing roadway asphalt and replace it with two additional inches. This project is substantially complete.

Project Two: Guardrail Replacement

Scheduled for later in the year, the guardrail replacement project will upgrade and replace the existing guardrail that has reached the end of its serviceable life. New guardrail at current design height will be extended with appropriate end treatments to protect motorists to today's improved roadside design standards.

Project Three: Pole Relocation

Kicking off in late spring and early summer, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be relocating some of their utility poles at our request to improve safety in the corridor. This is done at no cost to the City under a utility agreement. There are many utilities on those poles, so multiple utility companies will be involved in the work.

Project Four: NB SR 167 Weekend Detour

This summer, Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) will be closing northbound 167 for a weekend to complete some major bridge preservation work. We don't know which weekend yet. During that weekend, Sumner-Tapps Highway will be utilized as a passenger car detour route (Truck traffic will utiilize Traffic Avenue instead). It should be quite the weekend!

All of these projects will be working on close time-frames and could overlap, so City staff will be working hard to ensure that you are inconvenienced as little as possible. But, as with all road construction, there will be inconveniences. So follow the project in the email sign-up in the lower right of this page to keep up with the latest information!

  • NB 167 Detour Weekend: Scheduled Mid- to Late-August

    The latest timeline for the detour weekend is mid- to late-August. The work is weather dependent, so the dates are subject to change. We will continue to keep this web site up to date with the latest information we receive from WSDOT.

  • Sumner-Tapps Resurfacing Substantially Complete

    The resurfacing project has wrapped up other than a few punch list items. Roadway impacts from the resurfacing project will be intermittent and will be fully complete in the next couple of weeks.

    The next project is the utility pole relocations by Puget Sound Energy. Tree trimming for that project is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks.

  • Traffic Report Update: May 13-14

    With grinding and pavement repairs complete, the project will be paving Thursday and Friday nights. Expect significant construction activity, lane shifts, 1-lane operations with flaggers and pilot car, and reduced speeds being enforced. All work is planned to be overnight; no active daytime work.

    Major work will finish next week during the day hours and will wrap up around May 21st. After that, only striping and rumble strip installation will remain, which is scheduled for mid-June.

  • Traffic Report: May 10-14

    Major paving operations begin tonight with grinding the existing asphalt to get it ready for resurfacing. This work is planned for Monday-Tuesday, with Pavement Repairs and full repaving by the end of the week. Expect lane shifts, 1-lane operations with flaggers and pilot car, and reduced speeds being enforced. All work is planned to be overnight, no active daytime work.

    There is a significant pavement replacement at the 60th St intersection, and this will involve closing the intersection during the overnight hours on Wednesday and Thursday. A detour route will be provided, but it will be best to avoid the area overnight when possible.

    Major work will finish next week during the day hours and will wrap up around May 21st. After that, only striping and rumble strip installation will remain, which is scheduled for mid-June.

  • Traffic Report: April 26-30

    The resurfacing contractor is starting this week (April 26-30), and will be lowering utilities and removing median curbing. Work will be completed during the day, primarily between 9am and 2pm. This week, expect minor delays and some lane shifts during daytime hours.

    The week of May 3rd, work shifts to nights with pavement repair work getting started. Next week, expect lane and some 1-lane operation with flaggers and a pilot car possible during the overnight hours. Plan your overnight travel accordingly, and consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

  • Caution, Falling Speeds Ahead!

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    With the resurfacing project ramping up, the contractor will be installing new speed limit signs reducing the speed limit through the work zone area to 35 mph. This will provide a environment for the construction team to complete their work efficiently and increase safely. Not to worry, after the project is complete, speeds will be increased back to 45 mph. But in the mean time, please be mindful of your speed through the project work zone, keep your eyes on the road for workers, and respect their workplace by giving 'em a brake!

  • Signs are Up, Construction starts April 26th, Rough Road Ahead!

    Miles Resources, the Contractor for the project, will begin work on the resurfacing project on April 26th. Major work will occur overnights during weekdays (Sun night-Thurs night). The top layer of asphalt will be removed, and travelers will experience grooved pavement for the next few weeks. Expect lane shifts and reduced lane widths during daytime hours, and expect a 1-lane operation with flaggers and a pilot car overnight during major operations.

  • Safety Evaluation Memo Addendum Added

    A new document has been added on the right side of this web page that further describes the analysis completed during the safety evaluation. Hopefully this helps answer a few questions related to the study.