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South Mildred Street Improvement Project

Mildred St.

Road Closures

Please be advised that starting July 7, 2014 the road lane adjacent to TCC along South Mildred Street will be opened for traffic and the road lane adjacent to James Center will be closed for construction.

Project Description

This project will rehabilitate the existing roadway along South Mildred Street from South 19th Street to South 12th Street.  Complete Street concepts will be incorporated into the design of the project by introducing bicycle lanes in each direction, bus pullouts and adding mid-block landscaped pedestrian islands to improve the pedestrian crossings along South Mildred Street.

Originally, the existing roadway was scheduled to be ground down and repaved again with two inches of asphalt. Now with the addition of a recent Federally Funded Grant (Quick Response Safety Program), the City will remove the existing asphalt roadway in its entirety and replace it with a new eight inch thick concrete section. The City will remove a portion of the existing storm water drainage system and replaced it with a larger pipe to reduce the flooding that occurs during high-intensity rainfall events.  

To incorporate the new bicycle lanes, the existing five vehicle lanes will be reduced down to three vehicle lanes. The City will also construct new sidewalks, curb ramps and driveways, where required, to meet current ADA standards. Work should begin in April 2014 and last approximately four to five months. During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction; local access will be maintained at all times.


Project Update

The project was re-advertised this past December and bids opened on January 7, 2014. Ten bid submittals were received and reviewed by the Public Works Department and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Rodarte Construction, Inc. was the lowest responsible and responsive bidder. Construction is expected to begin in April 2014.
During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The contractor will provide a minimum of one week advance notice to residents and businesses before starting work.  Local access will be maintained at all times.


Source Amount
Planning and Design $352,600
Construction $2,151,367
Total Project Cost $2,503,967


Task Estimated Start Date Estimated Completion Date Notes
Design January 2012 May 2013  
Re-advertise October 2013 November 2013  
Construction April 2014
October 2014 Construction continues as weather allows

Outreach and Public Involvement

The project began in 2011 and a significant amount of outreach and public involvement has been completed. During the planning and design phase, stakeholders Tacoma Community College (TCC), Pierce Transit, and James Center held the following meeting:

September 5, 2011
First meeting with TCC, James Center representative also invited.

January 12, 2012
Meeting with TCC and Pierce Transit regarding traffic study, James Center representative also invited.

February 6, 2012
Meeting with TCC and executives.

March 5, 2012
Meeting with Pierce Transit and their consultant.

March 19, 2012
Meeting with TCC President and Student Body representatives.

June 14, 2012
Meeting with City Manager, City Engineer, TCC President and other TCC representatives.

September 21, 2012
Meeting with TCC Faculty and Staff to present complete streets concepts for Mildred, James Center representative also invited.

April 16, 2013
Public Open House held at TCC, very well attended.

February 18, 2014
Public Open House at 3 PM, Tacoma Community College, Building 12, Room 250

April 17, 2014
Public Open House at 4 PM, Tacoma Community College, Building 12, Room 250

The City of Tacoma will continue, during construction, updating the public via public meetings, project email updates, and website updates.

Be Informed, Get Involved

You can contact City Project Manager Said Seddiki (253) 591-5204, with questions, concerns or comments. You are also invited to contact Said to get email updates on public meetings, events and notices.