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Links to Opportunity Construction

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Project Description

The Links to Opportunity Streetscape Project (LTO) completes the construction of the sidewalk and streetscape upgrades in the Stadium and Hilltop Districts along the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension Project. Improvements will include decorative concrete sidewalks with poetic inscriptions in granite panels, colored concrete banding, sandblasted wording and messages, upgraded pedestrian lighting, lighted block seating, benches, game tables, bicycle racks, corrals and repair station, lean rails, local art, landscaping and street trees.


Project Concepts


Proj Concepts


Details (Bench)


Project Map


Proj Map


The LTO Project begins at the intersection of N 1st Street and Tacoma Avenue, continues west to Division Ave, following the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension project to Martin Luther King Jr. Way south to S 19th Street.

Public Wi-Fi is also being incorporated as part of the City of Tacoma Digital Equity Program.



WiFi Map


Project Outreach

During the design phase, the Links to Opportunity planning and design consultants collaborated with the local community to incorporate feedback from surveys and interviews to develop a design that reflected the local cultural roots and history of the neighborhood. For more information on the planning, visit the LTO Planning and Design web page.


Project Construction

The Links to Opportunity Project is more than just construction of the streetscape. This project will strive to provide opportunities for local and lower tier contractors to fairly bid and compete for contracts that would not normally be available. For more information on the City’s Equity in Contracting Program, visit the Equity in Contracting web page.


Project Updates

Currently the Links to Opportunity Project is in the Right-of-Way process which includes survey and design for resolving property issues with private and commercial property owners. The City will contact affected properties to resolve the issues and incorporate changes in the construction documents. 


Project Schedule




December 2018

Design Completed

August 2019

Right of Way Completion

Summer 2021

Construction Begin

Fall 2021 (pending Sound Transit Const. Schedule)


Estimated 18 months


Project Funding Update

Funding for the LTO project has been secured through several sources including Street Initiative funds, Community Development Block Grant, Sound Transit System Access Fund Grant and the City Real Estate Excise Tax. Additional funding was requested from the Washington State Capital Budget and US Congress. Construction cost estimated at $11 million for the streetscape and administration of the project.




Streets Initiative Fund


Community Development Block Grant


Sound Transit System Access Fund Grant


City Real Estate Excise Tax


Washington State 2021-2023 Capital Budget



Project Contact Information

City of Tacoma Project Manager: Jon Kulju, PMP, (253) 591-5204 or jkulju@cityoftacoma.org.