You "Talked the Walk" With Us
The City of Tacoma is planning to spend $2.5 million in one-time funds on planning, designing and constructing pedestrian crossing improvements throughout the community. There will be $300,000 dispersed to each of the five council districts and
$1 million to Downtown Tacoma.
In October 2014, Active Construction Inc., teamed with design consultants BCRA, began design and construction activities related to implementing the list of pedestrian crossing improvements identified and prioritized by the public in summer 2014. This involves the installation of crosswalk striping and the construction of new accessible pedestrian crossings/enhancements (flashing beacons, curb ramps, bulbouts, signs, lighting, etc.). Construction is expected to continue through Summer 2015.
This project was guided by a six month public outreach process that started in February of 2014 and ended in July and included eight public meetings, web surveys and social media feedback, as well as outreach to local stakeholders. Public meetings were advertised and announced via social media, the Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma Weekly, Exit 133 website, a banner on the City’s homepage, updates to the City of Tacoma’s project webpage, the City EnviroNews contact list, and at all Neighborhood Council and Business District meetings. Over 650 responses were received during this outreach period yielding the identification of 310 unique pedestrian improvement locations. These locations were then ranked based on the following criteria:
The prioritization criteria are also being used to inform the City's Transportation Master Plan.
- Vehicle/pedestrian traffic volumes
- Proximity to schools
- Vehicle/pedestrian collisions
- Proximity to parks
- Proximity to hospitals
- Proximity to bus stops
- Locations identified through this process, regardless of other characteristics
- Proximity to major employers and commercial centers
- Proximity to senior centers/housing
- Proximity to bike/trail systems
- Proximity to libraries
The ranking and evaluation process, the preliminary list of ranked locations by Council District and the Downtown, along with the tentative identification of sites for striping and/or other construction improvements (both by this project and other City projects), was presented to the public at meetings on June 30 and July 9, 2014.
Based on feedback from these meetings, and updated preliminary design and construction cost estimates, the planned improvements in each Council District and the Downtown are shown on the map below and the following attachments.
The actual number of sites that we will be able to improve depends on the conditions encountered in the field and the final design and construction costs. Traditionally, the City has not been able to budget for general pedestrian crossing improvements outside of the Hazardous Sidewalk Replacement Program and ADA Transition Plan. Instead, improvements have been made as required by ongoing construction projects, and as enabled through school safety grants. Therefore, we knew that there would be more needs than could by addressed with this one-time funding. Sites that do not get improved through this effort will remain on each Council District's list and may be addressed through future pedestrian-focused projects, based on available funding.
We have reached the half-way point in the project! Besides finishing all of the striping-only sites, 90-100% of the work is complete at 23 of the 40 intersections that require more involved improvements (bulbouts, ramps, paving, accessible push buttons, etc.) These include some of the busier intersections in Tacoma such as South 12th Street and Union Avenue and Stevens Street and South 19th Street.
We have also improved more residential or business district sites such as Westgate and assault and South 39th and Yakima Avenue. To date we have installed:
- 103 Curb Ramps
- 14 Bulbouts
- 77 Crosswalks
To view the completed locations, please refer to the map below.