State to close Highway 167 between Kent-Renton Aug. 10-13

The state Department of Transportation will install a culvert similar to this one Aug. 10-13 and close Highway 167 near South 180th Street. - COURTESY PHOTO, state DOT
The state Department of Transportation will install a culvert similar to this one Aug. 10-13 and close Highway 167 near South 180th Street.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, state DOT

Kent drivers should prepare for a complete closure of Highway 167 in both directions Friday, Aug. 10 to Monday, Aug. 13 between South 180th Street and Interstate 405.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and its contractor Scarsella Brothers will install a new fish-friendly culvert on Panther Creek where it passes under SR 167 in Renton, according to the state DOT website. The work is part of mitigation for an emergency culvert repair at Thunder Hills Creek in Renton near I-405.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, crews will close SR 167 for 58 hours. Crews will cut through 65 feet of pavement to install a new fish-friendly culvert. To take advantage of the closure, crews will also work on other road maintenance in the work zone.

Leading up to the weekend of Aug. 10, the DOT will close lanes of both northbound and southbound SR 167 on a weekly basis to prepare for the full closure. For the latest information regarding these lane closures, visit the King County construction update page.

• When is the closure?

7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

• Where is the closure?

Crews will completely close both directions of SR 167 between South 180th Street and I-405.

• What remains open during the closure?

The off-ramps from S. 180th Street will remain open on northbound SR 167 and the on-ramp from S. 180th Street to southbound SR 167 will remain open. Expect delays at the interchange and plan to use detours.

• When will crews reopen the highway?

All ramps and the mainline will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

• Why do crews need to completely close the highway?

Crews are digging a 25 feet deep and 65 feet wide trench for the new culvert.

• What can drivers do?

Thousands of vehicles travel through the I-405/SR 167 interchange on a typical weekend. The state DOT needs help to prevent regional gridlock during the closure. State DOT officials suggest drivers:

• Delay discretionary trips, especially during high traffic periods, especially between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

• Anticipate heavy congestion on alternate routes such as I-405, I-5 and SR 181.

• Expect increased congestion on local streets, especially on Lind Avenue, South 180th Street, South Grady Way, Rainier Avenue S., Talbot Road, and SR 181/West Valley Highway.

• Know Before You Go: check the WSDOT website, call 511 for real-time travel information and plan for delays and added travel time.

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