Project in Pierce County to complete core HOV system

The HOV Connector project at SR 16 and I-5 in Pierce County is starting its final phase.

[caption id="attachment_8786" align="alignleft" width="300"]map of HOV Connector project The HOV Connector project will build new bridge structures and direct-access ramps to connect I-5 HOV lanes to SR 16 HOV lanes.[/caption]

The Executive Board adopted an amendment adding the project to the Regional Transportation Improvement Program at its meeting this week.

In this stage of the project, crews will build ramps that create new high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The project will also realign I-5 to accommodate HOV ramps.

When complete, drivers will be able to continue using an HOV lane while merging onto I-5 or SR 16.

These structures will create the last link within a core HOV system that will stretch from Gig Harbor to Everett.

It’s a major, multi-year effort that the Washington State Department of Transportation expects to be complete in 2020.