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. The City will begin implementing projects this fall, with a break over the holidays and winter months from November to February, continuing with more work in March of 2015.
In March and April of 2014 we asked you to "Talk the Walk" with us about top locations in need of pedestrian crossing improvements. You did! From these meetings, and through an online survey, over 650 responses were received. This outreach effort resulted in the identification of over 310 unique pedestrian crossing improvement locations across the City. Based on public feedback, the identified locations were ranked 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 30th and July 9th.
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 following attachments.
The Council District Lists and the Citywide Maps are best printed and viewed at 11x17 scale. The individual Council District Maps may be printed and viewed at the 8.5x11 scale.
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.