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Project Design is Underway 

As of July 2018, the project is at approximately the 30% design level.  Environmental permitting and right-of-way evaluations are underway.  Outreach is ongoing and has included our first public open house (which was held on August 24, 2018), meetings with both the New Tacoma and Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Councils, one-on-one property owner meetings, and discussions with other local and regional stakeholders.  Our second public open house is planned for late spring/early summer 2019.

Where is the Taylor Way Rehabilitation Project?


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    What is the Project?   

    Taylor Way is an important arterial serving the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing Industrial Center, it is the main corridor on the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula, an essential emergency access route, and a vital freight corridor for the Port carrying between 4 million tons and 10 million tons of freight every year.


    The Taylor Way pavement wasn't designed to carry these heavy truck loads. Truck and rail conflicts are common along the route, including 12 at-grade rail crossings between SR 509 and E. 12th Street. 


    Although there is sidewalk between E. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, there are no pedestrian facilities along Taylor Way between Lincoln Avenue and SR 509.


    The SR 509/Taylor Way intersection is operating over capacity and delaying traffic on adjacent corridors. The intersection, as it currently operates, is the second worst ranked bottleneck for freight movement in WSDOT’s Olympic Region (Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap and Clallam Counties).


    What are the Project Needs and Proposed Improvements?


    Failing Pavement - Taylor Way was not built to handle the heavy truck loads. Over 40% of daily traffic on Taylor Way are trucks moving freight to/from the Port of Tacoma.


    Proposed Improvement

    • Rebuild Taylor Way as a concrete road from the Tacoma/Fife city limits (east of SR 509) to E. 11th Street. Concrete pavement will last much longer than asphalt with the heavy truck traffic.

    Congestion at the SR 509/Taylor Way Intersection – delays at this intersection impact regional traffic between I-5 and SR 509, as well as destinations within the Port, including along the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula.


    Proposed Improvement

    • Add second left turn lanes to SR 509 (both southbound and northbound).
    • Lengthen second thru lane and right-turn lane for westbound Taylor Way at SR 509.
    • Extend the length of the turn pockets on SR 509 and on Taylor Way.

    Lack of Pedestrian Facilities – currently there is sidewalk on the west side of Taylor Way between E. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, but there is no sidewalk along Taylor Way between Lincoln Avenue and SR 509. Pedestrians are forced to walk in the roadway or along a narrow dirt path adjacent to the curb.


    Proposed Improvement

    • Add a ten-foot wide sidewalk on the west side of Taylor Way between Lincoln Avenue and SR 509.
    • Build new energy-efficient LED street lighting.
    • Upgrade curb ramps at intersections and pedestrian push buttons at traffic signals.

    Response Time for Emergency Services/Freight Delays –Taylor Way is the “last mile” between I-5 and the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula, which includes major marine terminals and freight distributors. This takes on more importance with the closure of Alexander Avenue north of SR 509 and when the Hylebos Bridge is raised to pass marine vehicles. Taylor Way is also critical in providing emergency services to the Blair-Hylebos peninsula.


    Proposed Improvement

    • Reduce truck/rail conflicts by removing up to four of the 11 at-grade rail crossings, and by upgrading the remaining crossings to make the driving surface smoother so freight can maintain normal speeds while traversing the corridor.
    • Interconnect traffic signals for improved traffic flow.
    • Add closed circuit TV cameras to monitor traffic/freight movement and quickly respond to incidents.
    • Add LED signs/VMS boards providing messaging to freight/emergency response vehicles.
    • Add emergency vehicle pre-emption at traffic signals.

    How is the Project Funded?

    • Total Project Funding is $23 Million
    • Funding Partners:
      • City of Tacoma
      • Puget Sound Regional Council
      • Freight Mobility strategic Investment Board
      • Other Local Contributions

    When will the Project Be Built?

    Taylor Way Schedule

    Project Schedule


    How Do I get Around During Construction?

    More information coming Fall 2019.


    Interested Groups

    The City is communicating with the following groups to provide updates and gather input:

    • Port of Tacoma

    • Puyallup Tribe of Indians

    • City of Fife

    • WSDOT

    • Longshoreman’s Local Union 23

    • Northwest Seaport Alliance

    • Tacoma Rail

    • Tacoma Transportation Commission

    • Tacoma Bicycle Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group

    • Tote Maritime

    • Carlile Transportation

    • Northeast and New Tacoma Neighborhood Councils

    Other Construction in the Area

    Use the following links to learn about other construction projects in the area.


    Related Environmental Documents

    Contact Information


    Please contact Mark D'Andrea, Project Manager, with any questions you have about the project at (253) 591-5518 or by email.