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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

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

Downtown Construction

The Environmental Services Department will begin installing and replacing stormwater pipes in the A Street area between South 10th and South 12th starting the second week of June. Construction will last approximately three months barring unforeseen delays. Business access will be maintained during the work and A Street's eastern northbound lane will be kept open though some pedestrian, parking and traffic impacts can be expected. 

Downtown Construction

Hilltop and South Downtown Pedestrian Improvements

This project will construct pedestrian improvements at several intersections along South 19th Street, South 11th Street, and South 21st Street. Improvements will include the addition of curb ramps, crosswalk striping, median refuge islands, signage, accessible pedestrian systems, vehicle detection, or similar treatments to improve pedestrian visibility, accessibility and safety. 

Hilltop and South Downtown Pedestrian Improvements

E. 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.

E. 64th Street Improvements

North 21st Street

The North 21st Street project consists of streetscape improvements on North 21st Street between North Adams and North Pearl Streets in conjunction with Tacoma Power’s replacement of the transmission towers along this corridor. The City is working with Tacoma Power to site the new transmission towers to allow future reconfiguration of the North 21st Street corridor. Tacoma Power and the City are also meeting with neighborhood councils, business districts, and the public to present the Tacoma Power project and gather public input on the future configuration of North 21st Street.

 

North 21st Street Project

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

Pacific Avenue at SR 7 Safety Improvements

Improve the visibility of traffic signal heads and improve the phasing, timing, and coordination between signals. Upgrade to accessible countdown pedestrian signals and push buttons, improve crosswalks, and upgrade signs.

 

Pacific Avenue at SR 7 Safety Improvements

Pipeline Trail Phase II

Pipeline Trail Phase II is a 2.4 mile contiguous facility starting at Pipeline Road at East 48th Street and ending at East 25th Street at East 'D' Street at the Tacoma Dome Station.

 

Pipeline Trail Phase II

Port of Tacoma Road - Phase 2

The Port of Tacoma Road is the major heavy-haul arterial serving the Port of Tacoma.  The City and Port partnership was successful in obtaining grant funds to help fund the design and construction costs for replacing approximately 7,800 feet of the road from East 11th Street to Marshall Avenue in Phase 1 of the project which was completed in March 2016.  The City obtained additional funds to conduct Phase 2 of the project, which replaces the roadway from Marshall Avenue to SR 509, and replaces the signal at Port of Tacoma Road and Marshall Avenue.

Port of Tacoma Road - Phase 2

Prairie Line Trail - Phase 1

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 first phase of the project is located along the former BNSF rail line running between South 15th Street and Dock Street.

Prairie Line Trail - Phase 1

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 River Bridge

The Puyallup River Bridge project will replace the bridge sections required to span the BNSF and Union Pacific Main Lines through Tacoma. The project will have a right of way component and design review by both railroads and the State. The Puyallup River Bridge is on an arterial street consisting of 4 travel lanes with three currently crossing over the bridge. Construction of the bridge will impact traffic patterns in the area forcing traffic onto I-5 and Highway 509.

Puyallup River Bridge

Puyallup Avenue Corridor Conceptual Design

Beginning in August 2016, the City will undertake a conceptual design for corridor improvements along Puyallup Avenue from Portland Avenue to S. C Street (connection to Prairie Line Trail).  The study will address multi-modal uses and complete street concepts including, but not limited to, landscaping, lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, bicycle facilities, and other amenities.  As part of the design process, a traffic study will be conducted addressing existing, constructed, and 20-year projected conditions to accommodate current and future growth.  There will be an extensive outreach component to the project to address stakeholder needs including those of the residents, businesses, transit, and freight communities.  Work shall be consistent with the Final South Downtown Subarea Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan, including the Transportation Master Plan.  The project is expected to continue into early 2017.  Project deliverables will be used to apply for additional design and construction funding.

 

Puyallup Avenue Corridor Conceptual Design 

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

Sprague Enhancement Project - Phase 2

South Sprague Avenue serves as the gateway to Tacoma’s Central Neighborhood. Phase 1 of the Sprague Enhancement Project included landscape improvements to the Highway 16 off-ramp that enhanced visual buffers from South Sprague Avenue and the adjacent residential street to the east, known as residential Sprague. In addition, a new median was constructed on the arterial South Sprague Avenue to provide traffic calming and a new neighborhood gateway sign was also installed. The Phase 1 improvements where completed in spring 2013.

Sprague Enhancement Project – Phase 2

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 dedicated thru and turn lanes, removing or upgrading existing railroad crossings, upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals, installation of communication fiber, new street lighting, sidewalks, upgrading non-compliant curb ramps, rechannelization of E. 11th St./Alexander Ave., and other intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements.  The design phase is fully funded and is expected to begin in early 2017, construction, however, is only partially funded at this time.  The City will continue to pursue grants to complete this work.

Water Flume Line Trail - Phases 3 and 4

To date, the City of Tacoma has received construction funding for four-and-a-half miles of the planned six-mile Water Flume Line Trail project. In 2006, the City completed 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 Flume Line Trail. In 2014 the City received additional Federal funds to construct Phase 4.

Water Flume Line Trail - Phases 3 and 4