The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is inviting the public to open houses addressing the issue of congestion on I-5 near the Tacoma Mall.

WSDOT, in partnership with the city of Tacoma, is studying strategies to reduce congestion in the portion of I-5 near the Tacoma Mall, an area that frequently experiences traffic backups.

The study is funded by the Washington State Motor Vehicle account. A total of $500,000 has been allocated for the study, which will explore strategies for reducing congestion on I-5 at the 38th Street Interchange and local streets (such as the South 38th Street and Steele Street intersection). It also will analyze current and future recommendations for improving traffic around the Tacoma Mall area using what the departments called a “Practical Solutions” planning approach.

The information obtained from the study will be used to identify a preferred alternative, which may include improvements to the interchange and local streets.

WSDOT is holding open houses with more information on the study.

  • In-person open house. 5:30-7:30 p.m. (with a short presentation at 6 p.m.), April 25 at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Attendees can provide suggestions and comment on potential solutions.
  • Online open house. April 18-May 2. The online open house “is an opportunity to learn about the study, see the improvement strategies being considered, and provide feedback.” The open house can be accessed on WSDOT’s website.