Friday morning marked another milestone in a years

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Friday morning marked another milestone in a years-long project to improve I-5 through Tacoma.

After a two-year closure, McKinley Way over I-5 reopened. The overpass closed the summer of 2016, when contractor crews working for the state demolished and rebuilt it to make way for additional lanes on I-5.

"We truly appreciate the patience people showed while detouring around this closure," state project engineer Gaius Sanoy said. "This is a huge milestone signaling that we're reaching the end of this project."

But the project isn't over. Construction to build a new southbound I-5 bridge across the Puyallup River is slated to begin in February. Crews will demolish and replace the L Street overpass spanning I-5, as well as finish replacing the concrete pavement on I-5 between McKinley Way and Portland Avenue.

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