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*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 (Phase 2) will improve East 64th Street from McKinley Avenue East to Portland Avenue and is currently under design. 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.  Phase 1 between McKinley Avenue and Pacific Avenue is complete.  One future segment is planned (Phase 3) Portland Avenue 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.

I-5 & S 56th Street Interchange ADA Compliance

In an agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), The City of Tacoma has designed and is constructing new ADA compliant pedestrian crossing ramps along the sidewalks and on/off ramps at the interchange of I-5 with S 56th Street and at the intersection of Tacoma Mall Boulevard and S. 56th Street.

  

I-5 & S 56th Street Interchange ADA Compliance

J Street Bicycle Boulevard

This project will construct a two-mile bicycle boulevard on J Street from North 3rd Street to South 27th Street, along with improved east/west bicycle connections via 6th Avenue, South 11th Street, Earnest S Brazill Street, South 17th Street, and South 18th Street. The five east/west connections, ranging from one to three blocks in length, will provide access to Link Light Rail stops and key neighborhood destinations including the Hilltop Business District and People’s Community Center.

 

J Street Bicycle Boulevard

Links to Opportunity Construction

The Links to Opportunity Streetscape Project (LTO) completes the construction of the sidewalk and streetscape upgrades in the Stadium and Hilltop Districts along the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension Project.

 

Links to Opportunity Construction

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

Orchard Street – Lakewood Drive Improvements

This partnership project includes roadway and pedestrian improvements to the Orchard Street/Lakewood Drive, a major arterial providing vital motility to Tacoma, University Place and Lakewood, between South 56th Street and South 74th Street.

 

 

Orchard Street – Lakewood Drive Improvements

Portland Avenue Freight and Access Improvements

The proposed Portland Avenue project will design and construct improvements to greatly increase the condition, efficiency, safety and reliability of this T-1 route (over 10 million tons of freight per year).

 

Portland Avenue Freight and Access Improvements

Prairie Line Trail - Phase 2

This project will complete an important link in Tacoma’s non-motorized system, connecting the waterfront to downtown with multiple city and regional trails. Traversing the steep hills of Tacoma is a challenge – the gentle grade of this former rail corridor provides an easier walking and cycling alternative. Construction of this multi-use path includes wayfinding, lighting, stormwater improvements, landscaping, public art, and amenities. The second phase of the project is located along the former BNSF rail line running between South 21st Street and South 25th Street.

Prairie Line Trail - Phase 2

Puyallup Avenue Corridor Improvement

This project will enhance the multimodal transportation experience for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, transit riders, and freight operators along Puyallup Avenue, from South C Street to Portland Avenue, including the Portland Avenue intersection (1.2 mile length). The project scope includes reconstruction of the roadway and installation of complete street elements including bike lanes, sidewalks, curb ramps, bulbouts, crosswalks, signals, lighting, landscaping, bus stops, parking, upgraded utilities, and a shared HOV/transit lane.

 

Puyallup Avenue Corridor Improvements

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

Revitalizing Tacoma’s Brewery District

This project will construct traffic calming measures along Fawcett Ave, from S 19th St to 6th Ave, consisting of new curb ramps, curb extensions, pedestrian refuge islands, mid-block crossings, a HAWK beacon, and other upgraded crossings. The entire corridor will be repaved and Power, Water, and Sanitary utility work will be completed in conjunction with the project.

Revitalizing Tacoma's Brewery District

St. Helens Avenue Improvements

The project includes construction on St. Helens Avenue, from 6th Avenue to North 1st Street, including the intersection of 6th Avenue, but not the intersection of Division. Improvements will consist of a simple 2.5-inch grind and overlay from curb face to curb face. Twenty-four (24) feet of glass grid paving fabric will be installed in the driving lanes. New curb ramps will be constructed where required. No utility work is planned except for minor catch basin adjustments. 

 

St. Helens Avenue Improvement 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

Tacoma Spur Stadium Ramps

The project will provide an enhanced driving surface on the Northbound and Southbound ramps to/from Interstate 705 and the Tacoma downtown area. This project will install a new cement concrete overlay on the ramp decks, new bridge deck expansion joints, and safety upgrades including a new crash attenuator at the beginning of the Northbound ramp.

 Tacoma Spur Stadium Ramps

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

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.