SR 167 to Tacoma is years in the making

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Pierce County has waited 30 years for the state to finish State Route 167. It was never designed to stop in Puyallup like it does today.

The SR 167 project will extend the highway from where it ends in Puyallup, four miles to Tacoma, tying in to SR 509 just above the Port of Tacoma. Project manager Steve Fuchs said the first construction you will see will be near I-5.

“We’re actually going to build from I-5 over to 509 first,” he said. “Stage two will build from I-5 to Puyallup and make that connection.”

Drivers will get two new I-5 overpasses. That includes a new 70th overpass to help Fife traffic.

“Our first project, stage one-A, will build a new overpass over I-5,” Fuchs said. “That will be the first construction everyone sees, and then we will tear-down the existing 70th overpass.”

The second overpass will service SR 167 itself. Giving Fife a new way across I-5, and providing drivers on SR 167 a direct overpass to SR 509.

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