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North 21st Street Pedestrian Improvements

Project Description

This project will install pedestrian crossing improvements along North 21st Street between Proctor Street and Pearl Street. The project will construct enhancements to three existing crossings at un-signalized intersections (Shirley, Cheyenne and Mason) to increase driver awareness of pedestrians wanting to cross North 21st Street and the frequency of pedestrian crossing options. Crossing treatments at these un-signalized intersections will include flashing beacons, ADA compliant curb ramps, crosswalk markings and signage. Signalized intersection crossings at Proctor, Stevens and Orchard will also be improved with ADA curb ramps, crosswalk markings, and adjustments to pedestrian push buttons.


Additional ADA curb ramps were installed at Washington Street as a part of this project per a request from Tacoma Power. Funding for the additional ADA curb ramps at Washington Street was provided by Tacoma Power.


Overview and Background

Tacoma Power recently completed the replacement of transmission towers along the North 21st Street corridor. The City of Tacoma worked with Tacoma Power, neighborhood councils, business districts and the public to gather input on the future configuration of North 21st Street including pedestrian facilities. Although the full reconfiguration of North 21st Street from Proctor Street to Pearl Street is not currently funded, funding has been set aside for pedestrian crossing improvements at the six locations identified above.


For more details about the Tacoma Power project, visit MyTPU.org/21street.


Project Updates

A contract was awarded to Ceccanti, Inc. of Tacoma, WA, for the pedestrian crossing improvements on North 21st Street from Proctor Street to Pearl Street.


Construction began in December 2018 and is expected to be substantially completed in June 2019.


Project Funding

Funding Source Total Amount          
General Fund Revenues $500,000
Streets Initiative Revenues           $500,000
Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax $50,000


Project Schedule (weather dependent)

Construction Start:         December 2018

Construction Complete:   June 2019                


Additional Information

For additional information, contact the City’s Project Manager, Basel Kitmitto at (253) 591-5448 or by email.