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Upcoming Changes for Northbound I-5 Access to SR 516 in Kent

A change is underway for northbound I-5 travelers exiting to westbound SR 516 / Kent-Des Moines Road, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Monday, August 8, 2022.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. this Tuesday, August 9, drivers will begin using a single exit ramp that leads to both eastbound and westbound SR 516.

For many years, exits in each direction from SR 516 had separate exit ramps.

I-5 northbound ramp change information at SR 516

    • The current exit to westbound SR 516 will permanently close at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 8.
    • The existing ramp to SR 516 eastbound will close at 9:30 p.m. Monday, August 8 and reopen at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, serving drivers heading eastbound or westbound to SR 516.
    • The remaining exit from the ramp will be renamed exit 149.

Temporary adjustments to road signs will alert travelers to the change and will be in place until new road signs are installed. The existing traffic lights at the off ramp intersection with SR 516 will be adjusted to accommodate traffic changes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is closing this exit ramp as part of a planned reconfiguration of the I-5/SR 516 interchangewhich includes the expansion of Veterans Drive under I-5 and additional highway and intermodal improvements as part of the SR 509 Completion Project.

About the SR 509 Completion Project
WSDOT’s $1.1 billion SR 509 Completion Project in King County extends the freeway from where it currently ends at the southwest corner of Sea-Tac International Airport to to I-5 and includes project elements in Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac and Kent.

The SR 509 completion project is part of the Puget Sound Gateway Programwhich was authorized by the Washington State Legislature in 2015. Funding comes from WSDOT Connect Washington and go ahead washington accounts, federal grants, local contributions and future toll revenues.