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Water Flume Line Trail - Phases 3 and 4

Phase 3

Phase 3 of the trail extends along South Tacoma Way between South M Street and South Pine Street and is currently in design. The City is seeking funds for the construction phase. This project will include ADA compliant curb ramps, new storm drains, pedestrian crossing markers, traffic signal upgrades for pedestrian safety, and trail user amenities including pedestrian level lighting, signs, and Pierce Transit bus stop pads.


Open House Update

The Phase 3 Open House on March 18, 2015, along with the online survey was successful in gathering preferences from the public. Option A (shown below) was preferred by 71% of respondents. The City is moving forward with design of the project utilizing Option A. The sidewalk in Option A would occur between Pine and Sprague.


 Historic Water Ditch Trail Option A


Additional public engagement will occur in 2017 particularly regarding property access including driveways.


Phase 4 

Phase 4 of the trail extends along South Tacoma Way between South M Street and South C Street. Phase 4 was awarded to Tucci & Sons, Inc. Construction began in May 2016. The project included a shared-use path for bicycles and pedestrians, ADA compliant curb ramps, new storm drains, pedestrian crossing marking, a traffic signal upgrade, and trail user amenities pedestrian level lighting, benches, signs, and bike racks.


The construction of Phase 4 is complete and the trail is open for public use.  Artists will be present this summer painting murals on the barrier.  Stay tuned for a ribbon cutting ceremony date.


Design Budget for Phases 3 and 4 

Task Amount
Planning/Design $700,000


Construction Budget for Phase 4 

Task Amount
Construction $2,164,828


Schedule for Phase 4 

Task Estimated Start Date Estimated Completion Date
Planning/Design April 2013 October 2015
Advertise/Award January 2016 March 2016
Construction - Phase 4 May 2016 December 2016



To date, the City of Tacoma has received construction funding for four-and-a-half miles of the planned six-mile Historic Water Ditch Trail Project (WDT). In 2006, the City completed Water Ditch Trail Phase 1. In 2009, the City completed a non-motorized facility between South 38th Street and Pine Street and received Federal funds to design and construct Phase 2 which began in April 2014. In 2013, the City received federal funds to design the final segments, phases 3 and 4, of the Water Ditch Trail. In 2014 the City received additional Federal funds to construct Phase 4, which allowed for construction to begin in the summer of 2016. 


Be Informed, Get Involved

You can contact City Project Manager Diane Sheesley, P.E. (253) 591-5358 with questions, concerns or comments. You are also invited to contact Diane to get email updates on public meetings, events and notices.