Cable barrier work on I-5 and SR 16 begins March 4

WSDOT reminds motorists to slow down during expanding cable medium barrier project. - Courtesy Photo
WSDOT reminds motorists to slow down during expanding cable medium barrier project.
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LACEY — A project expanding cable barrier along the medians of sections of State Route 16 in Pierce and Kitsap counties begins Monday, March 4.

The Washington State Department of Transportation stated drivers will encounter left lane closures in one or both directions along the below sections of highway during the following dates and times:

• Thursday and Friday, March 7-8: Work will occur both directions of SR 16 near Purdy between the hours of 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m. Friday, March 8. Crews return at 9 p.m. Friday, March 8, with all lanes reopening Saturday, March 9.

• Monday through Wednesday, March 11-13: The project moves to SR 16 near Bethel Street Southeast near Port Orchard. Work hours in both directions are 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

• Thursday and Friday, March 14-15 and Monday-Tuesday, March 18-19: The last stretch of the project continues in both directions of SR 16 in Port Orchard near the SR 160 interchange. Work hours are 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday to Friday; 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday to Saturday; and 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. overnight Monday and Tuesday.

Cable median barrier helps prevent vehicles from crossing the median and greatly reduces the potential for head-on collisions. Although no barrier can prevent every crossover crash, 95 percent of vehicles that hit the cable barrier are stopped from crossing the median.

The $180,000 project is funded through Highway Safety Improvement funds, and will be completed by Peterson Brothers, Inc. out of Sumner.


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