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Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

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, and 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.

See the Improvements

Completed Projects 

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 S. 12th St. & Union Ave. and Stevens St. and S. 19th St., as well as more residential or business district sites such as Westgate & Vassault and S. 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 above map, as well as the project lists by Council District below.

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:

Very Important
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


Somewhat Important 

  • 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 following attachments. This table is also being updated as locations are completed. 

Area Project List Project Map
District 1 District 1 Project List District 1 Project Map
District 2 District 2 Project List District 2 Project Map
District 3 District 3 Project List District 3 Project Map
District 4 District 4 Project List District 4 Project Map
District 5 District 5 Project List District 5 Project Map
Downtown Downtown Project List Downtown Project Map

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.


Mark D’Andrea
Project Manager 
(253) 591-5518