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Planning & Public Works

Posted on: July 20, 2020

Orting-Kapowsin Highway East will be closed south of 252nd Street East July 31 to mid-August

Orting-Kapowsin Highway East will be closed about 400 feet south of 252nd Street East from July 31 to mid-August while a box culvert is replaced. 

The work is part of a larger project that will run from July 27 to mid-September. 

At the culvert location, crews will widen the road shoulders, install guardrails, and install a wider box culvert that accommodates the roadway changes. The wider culvert will also improve fish passage.

The 3.45-mile section of Orting-Kapowsin Highway East from Orville Road East to 246th Street East will be resurfaced.

Traffic impacts

During the closure, a detour route will be in place. Local access will be maintained. Visit to view a map of the detour route and get schedule updates.

Work hours during the road closure will be 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

During the remainder of the project, work hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. The road may be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic during work hours.

Construction schedule

From July 27-30, crews will install construction signage and prepare the site for the culvert work.

During the closure, crews will excavate the roadway, remove the culvert and install the new one. Crews will also widen the road shoulders and install the guardrails.

Crews will resurface the roadway from mid-August to early September. In early September, centerline rumble strips will be installed to alert motorists that they have started to cross the centerline. 

In mid-September, traffic signs will be installed, the roadside will be restored, and the road will be striped.

The project’s contractor is Active Construction Inc. The construction cost is approximately $1.3 million and is funded with state Rural Arterial Program funds and federal Surface Transportation Program (Rural) funds.

A project webpage is available at


Anne Radford, Pierce County public information specialist
(253) 798-2464
[email protected]

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