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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.


56th Street South and Cirque Drive Corridor Improvements

This is a joint project between City of University Place and City of Tacoma with University Place being the lead agency for the project. Phase 1 of this project includes improvements to Tacoma between Washington Street and Orchard Street and continues into University Place on Cirque Drive until 67th Avenue. Phase 2 in Tacoma has funding for design only at this time and will continue improvements along South 56th Street to Tacoma Mall Boulevard.

56th Street South and Cirque Drive Corridor Improvements

Blix and Stanley Safe Routes to School

The project will improve safety for students at Blix and Stanley Elementary Schools by adding bulbouts at crossings, extending sidewalks, and managing access. Infrastructure improvements will be enhanced by providing education to students, staff, and parents through incentives and encouragement.  

 

Blix and Stanley Safe Routes to School 

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 11th Street Bridge Corridor Study

The City of Tacoma is studying alternatives for the East 11th Street Bridge Corridor to determine whether the bridge over the Puyallup River and existing viaduct should be replaced, repaired, relocated or demolished without replacement. 

 

E. 11th Street Bridge Corridor Study Project

East 64th Street Improvements

This project will improve East 64th Street from McKinley Avenue East to Pacific Avenue. Some of the project improvements include grinding and replacing the road, adding bike lanes, replacing sidewalks and curb ramps with ramps meeting ADA standards, and upgrading the stormwater and illumination system.

East 64th Street Improvements

First Creek Middle School Safe Routes to School

The project will improve safety for students by installing a HAWK signal on Portland Avenue. Infrastructure improvements will be enhanced by providing education to students, staff, and parents through incentives and encouragement, as well as increased enforcement by local law enforcement. 

 

First Creek Middle School Safe Routes to School 

Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge

The Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge (formerly the Puyallup River Bridge) project replaced the bridge sections required to span the BNSF and Union Pacific Main Lines through Tacoma. The project has a right of way component and design review by both railroads and the State. The Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge is on an arterial street consisting of four travel lanes with three currently crossing over the bridge.  

Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge

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

SR 7 (Pacific Avenue) Signal Corridor Improvements

The Pacific Avenue/SR7 Corridor Improvement project is located along Pacific Avenue/SR7 between South 34th Street and South 96th Street.  This project will improve the visibility of traffic signal heads and improve the phasing, timing, and coordination between signals.  In addition, the project will provide upgrades to signal infrastructure by installing accessible countdown pedestrian signals and push buttons and improving crosswalks and signage.

 

SR 7 (Pacific Avenue) Signal Corridor Improvements

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 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

Schuster Parkway Promenade

This project will include transforming the existing sidewalk adjacent to Schuster Parkway into a shared-use promenade extending from S. 4th Street to N. 30th Street and continuing on to McCarver Street.

Schuster Parkway Promenade

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.  Design is underway and construction is expected to begin early 2020.

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, construction was completed in 2017 of this segment.  The City is actively searching for construction funds for this final phase of the trail.