Realignment Project to Improve Safety

Staff | September 28, 2010

Puyallup, WA— A construction project currently under way at the SR 167/SR 161 (Meridian Avenue) interchange in Puyallup will improve safety in this identified high-accident location and provide a measure of congestion relief.

The Washington State Department of Transportation project realigns the ramps and eliminates one current signal. A construction contract for $2,191,620 was awarded to Icon Materials, Kent, WA, in June 2008.

Icon's work includes grading; installing drainage structures; surfacing; pavement repairing; bituminous planing; preleveling; paving with HMA; guardrail upgrading; removing the existing bituminous pavement; removing andreplacing pavement markings and delineation; permanent signing; removing, replacing and modifying signals; installing sidewalk ramps; traffic control; and other work.

When the project is finished, the eastbound on-ramp and the westbound off-ramp will be re-aligned to connect into Meridian North at one location to realize efficiency benefits similar to a Single Point Urban Interchange.