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Capital Projects

*This is formerly the Construction Projects page

 

The City is involved in a number of active capital projects around Tacoma. Capital projects include adding or improving motorized and non-motorized transportation infrastructure, stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure, City facilities, and other key projects. This list highlights some of the capital projects currently under way.


South 56th Street and Cirque Drive Corridor Improvements Phase 2

Phase 1 of this project was completed in 2018 and was a joint project between City of University Place and City of Tacoma. Phase 1 included improvements within Tacoma between Washington Street and Orchard Street and continued into University Place on Cirque Drive to 67th Avenue. Phase 2 of this project is in Tacoma and will continue improvements along South 56th Street to Tacoma Mall Boulevard. Phase 2 includes bicycle accommodations to connect the South Tacoma Sound Transit Station to the Tacoma Mall Pierce Transit Station.

56th Street South and Cirque Drive Corridor Improvements

Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Floodwall

The Central Wastewater Treatment Plant features one of the most technologically advanced treatment processes in the country. It serves Tacoma and about 20,000 customers in Fife, Fircrest and unincorporated Pierce County.

Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Floodwall

East Portland Avenue Safety Improvements

Design for and upgrade existing traffic signal heads and signal phasing, install accessible pedestrian countdown signals and pushbuttons, and improve traffic signal timing, communication, and coordination.

 

East Portland Avenue Safety Improvements

 

East 64th Street Improvements

This project (Segment 1) will improve East 64th Street from McKinley Avenue East to Pacific Avenue. Some of the project improvements include replacing the road, adding bike lanes, replacing sidewalks and curb ramps with ramps meeting ADA standards, and upgrading the stormwater and illumination system.  Two future segments are planned as the project works east.  Segment 2 McKinley to Portland and Segment 3 Portland to the City limits will be completed in future years.

East 64th Street Improvements

Fawcett Avenue: S. 19th St. to S. 21st St.

South 21st Street from Tacoma Avenue to Jefferson Avenue, and Fawcett Avenue from S. 19th to S. 21st Street will be reconstructed to include new asphalt and concrete pavement, lighting, utilities (water, power and stormwater and wastewater sewers), vehicle/pedestrian detection, street trees, and pedestrian-related improvements such as new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, median refuge islands, pavement markings and a hybrid pedestrian beacon (HAWK beacon) at the intersection of S. 21st Street and Fawcett Avenue. 

 

Fawcett Avenue: S. 19th St. to S. 21st St.

Links to Opportunity

Links to Opportunity Project is a two-part effort to improve social and economic opportunity. The project includes streetscape design in coordination with the Tacoma LINK Light Rail Expansion corridor. The design will primarily include curb to building face, including sidewalks and amenities.

Link to Planning and Development Services' Links to Opportunity

Jefferson and Hood Street Surface Water Interceptor

The City of Tacoma Environmental Services Department is undertaking improvements to provide additional surface water capacity to the downtown core intended to help address flooding in the lower downtown area and provide additional capacity for growth.

 

Jefferson and Hood Street Surface Water Interceptor

South 15th Street Bike Lanes

This project will stripe buffered bike lanes on South 15th Street from the Fawcett Avenue bike boulevard through the Pacific Avenue intersection, transitioning to shared lane markings (sharrows) to connect to the Prairie Line Trail at Hood Street. To facilitate bicycle travel in the westerly direction from the trail, shared lane markings will also be added on the South 14th Street access ramp and South 14th Street between A Street and Pacific Avenue (where current shared lane markings exist and connect back to South 15th Street). New signage will be installed to support the new bike accommodations and other subsequent street modifications.

South 15th Street Bike Lanes

Sheridan Avenue Missing Links Sidewalks

Construct sections of sidewalk along Sheridan Avenue between South 72nd Street & South 84th Street to provide sidewalks on at least one side of the street along the entire length. Project includes constructing sidewalks, ADA compliant crossings, sections of curb with areas of landscape/trees, and improving bus stops.

 

Sheridan Avenue Missing Links Sidewalks

South 19th St. and Clay Huntington

This project will install a new full traffic signal system at the intersection of Clay Huntington Way and S. 19th Street. Improvements at the intersection will also include accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) push buttons and countdown signals, signage, pavement/crosswalk markings and curb ramps meeting ADA standards. The project improvements will provide an enhanced connection to Foss High School, and for pedestrians traveling to/from Cheney Stadium, Fred Meyer, Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters, and Heidelberg Davis Park.

 

South 19th St. and Clay Huntington

Pipeline Trail - Phase 3

This project will construct a 1.4 mile trail segment that includes a 12-foot wide asphalt surface, two-foot gravel shoulders on each side, new access control gates at existing Public Utility Department service entries, LED lighting, three pedestrian activated signals, water quality facilities, way-finding signage, benches, and a permanent counting device.

 

Pipeline Trail - Phase 3

Rail Crossing Improvements

This project will evaluate existing conditions, conduct public outreach, and develop alternatives for improving rail crossing conditions at the five rail crossing locations below:

Old Town:  McCarver Street and Ruston Way
Dome District: East D Street between East 25th and East 26th Streets
Dome District: East C Street between East 25th and East 26th Streets
West End: 6th Avenue and Titlow Beach
West End: Narrows Marina and S 19th Street

Issues to be analyzed including safety, traffic operations, non-motorized mobility, noise, and economic or other quality of life issues. Incorporating community feedback, the project will develop a framework and ranking methodology through which the potential crossing improvements can be evaluated.  

 

Rail Crossing Improvements

South Yakima Avenue Bridge Deck Repair

The project will provide an enhanced driving surface across the Yakima Avenue Bridge, pedestrian facilities, and bicycle route connecting the Tacoma’s South End neighborhoods to the Tacoma downtown area. This project will install a new cement concrete overlay on the bridge deck, new bridge deck expansion joints, and other minor bridge repairs. New bicycle accommodations extending to the north and south of the bridge will be incorporated to the pavement restriping for the project. ADA improvements to curb ramps will also be provided at the mid-block crossing between the Yakima Avenue Bridge and the Interstate 5 (I-5) Bridge, and at the crossing of the east side Northbound Center Street off-ramp. Rectangular Reflective Flashing Beacons will be installed at the mid-block crossing.

 

Learn more about the South Yakima Avenue Bridge Deck Repair.

 

South 19th Street (Mullen to Union)

The project extends from Union to Mullen along South 19th Street and consists of grinding the outer lane on each side of the street, overlaying the roadway curb to curb with HMA, constructing ADA compliant ramps, upgrading the traffic signal by installing video detection, and installing a smarter push button that talks and vibrates when activated for crossing a signalized intersection.

 

South 19th Street Project

Sound Transit: Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension

For this project, Sound Transit will more than double the length of the Tacoma Link, starting with a relocated Theater District station, and adding six new stations.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2018 with the start of service in 2022. 

 

Sound Transit: Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension

Taylor Way Rehabilitation

The project will improve the Taylor Way corridor from the Fife/Tacoma border (approximately 300 feet east of SR 509) to the intersection at E. 11th St. and Alexander Avenue. Improvements include reconstructing the roadway surface to heavy haul standards (Fife to E. 11th St.), widening the SR 509/Taylor Way intersection to include additional turn lanes, removing or upgrading existing railroad crossings, upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals, installation of communication fiber, new street lighting, sidewalks (Lincoln Ave. to SR 509), upgrading non-compliant curb ramps, rechannelization of E. 11th St./Alexander Ave., and other intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements.  Construction is underway and completion is expected in late Fall 2021.

Taylor Way Rehabilitation

Trail to Transit Connector (Mildred St Bike Lanes)

Tacoma’s Trail to Transit connection project will stripe bike lanes on South Mildred Street from South 12th Street to North 9th Street, filling a 0.53 mile gap, and connecting Pierce Transit's Tacoma Community College Transit Center and Tacoma Community College to the Scott Pierson Trail, grocery stores, housing, local retail and the new Hunt Middle School.

 

Trail to Transit Connector (Mildred St Bike Lanes)

Water Flume Line Trail - Phase 3

Phase 3 is the final remaining phase of the Water Flume Line Trail that needs to be constructed.  Phases 1, 2, and 4 are complete and open to the public.  Phase 3 is located along South Tacoma Way between Pine and South M Street. Community engagement helped determine a design layout to match Phase 4, which is also along South Tacoma Way between M Street and C Street.  Phase 4 was completed in 2017.  The City has been awarded construction funding available in 2023 and 2024 such that this final phase of the trail will be built in two projects.