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17th & Jefferson – UWT Improvements – Ph. 2

Project Overview

In April 2015, the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) and the City partnered on a project to realign the two segments of South 17th Street into a continuous through-street, improving the operation and safety of the intersection at Broadway and Jefferson Avenue. The project constructed a reinforced concrete wall, sidewalks, bulb-outs, ADA ramps, pavement improvements, streetlights, crosswalks and a raised mid-block pedestrian crossing. The project also improved a portion of Jefferson Avenue.  Improvements on Jefferson included constructing a reinforced concrete wall, new sidewalks, bulb-outs, ADA ramps, remove and replace HMA and concrete pavements, add new channelization and crosswalks, new storm main, new street lights, and a raised mid-block crossing extended from South 17th /Broadway/Jefferson and S. 17th/Commerce/Jefferson. UWT and the City are partnering on a continuation of the Jefferson Avenue project to extend the 2015 road improvements approximately 150 feet further south this year. The 2016 work consisted of: pavement removal, new pavement with curb and gutter, curb ramps, pavement markings, and new streetlights. Construction of a new 60-inch diameter reinforced concrete storm water sewer and water supply line will also be included in this project.

Project Updates

Weather dependent, the contractor will be pouring sidewalks and ramps in front of the new Urban Solutions Center. 


Traffic and pedestrian control will be maintained at all times. This project was awarded to Sound Pacific Construction, LLC and construction began August 15, 2016. 



University of Washington $165,000
Environmental Services - City of Tacoma  $249,700
Tacoma Water  $134,000


Schedule  Estimated Start Date Estimated End Date
Construction      August 15, 2016 Spring 2017


Questions and Comments

The City of Tacoma is managing the project. Contact City Project Manager Darius Thompson with questions or concerns at (253) 573-2410 or via email.