This construction milestone comes after new high occupancy vehicle lanes opened as part of the $242-million project that rebuilt the Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street interchanges to allow for a wider I-5. The three years of work — and construction zones — helps relieve chronic traffic congestion and improve mobility along I-5 near JBLM.
“We thank residents, businesses, commuters, and service members for their patience during this complex project,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Regional Administrator John Wynands. “This project was a success because of the great cooperation with those who live and work in this area.”
In 2024, a separate project off I-5 will build a new non-motorized path from Gravelly Lake Drive to Thorne Lane in Lakewood as the fourth phase of the overall work. The Gravelly-Thorne Connector will run parallel to but separate from I-5, providing access to Lakewood’s Tillicum neighborhood for people who walk and ride. Until the Gravelly-Thorne Connector is complete, bicyclists going south on I-5 from Gravelly Lake Drive will use the shoulder on the exit to Berkeley Street to access local shared-use paths.
A future shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians that would run parallel to roads open to the public between Lakewood and DuPont is being evaluated by stakeholders.
In July 2015, the Washington State Legislature included $495 million for the I-5 Mounts Road to Thorne Lane Interchange - Corridor Improvements project, as part of the Connecting Washington transportation revenue package. This overall project was broken down into four separate construction projects, two of which are now complete.