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South 56th Street and Cirque Drive Corridor Improvements Phase 2


Phase 1 of this project included improvements from Washington Street to Orchard Street and continued on Cirque Drive into University Place. Construction of Phase 1 was completed in 2018.


Phase 2 of the project focuses on South 56th Street from South Washington Street to Tacoma Mall Boulevard. This project will replace pavement along the corridor, upgrade curb ramps and sidewalks to meet ADA requirements, install traffic signal upgrades, and install bike facilities on a parallel route connecting the South Tacoma Sounder Station with the Tacoma Mall Transit Center.


Bike facilities will be added on South 54th Street and will make connections to the South Tacoma Sounder Station via Washington Street and to the Tacoma Mall Transit Center via South Fife, South 48th, South Oakes, and South 47th Street. This project will construct Tacoma’s first parking protected bike lanes and two-way cycle track.


Phase 3 is a University Place project.


Virtual Pre-Construction Open House Held on October 15, 2020

On October 15, 2020, a virtual pre-construction open house was held to educate the public about this project. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the recorded Zoom event or view the City of Tacoma Open House Presentation.


To send questions or for more information on the project, contact the Project Manager, Basel Kitmitto at bkitmitto@cityoftacoma.org.


Additional Public Outreach

Public outreach for this project occurred between 2014 and 2020. Project stakeholders will continue to receive updates via email. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, or have any questions or concerns please contact Basel Kitmitto at (253) 591-5448 or by email.


Project Updates

A contract was awarded to Global Construction, LLC of Eatonville, WA, for the infrastructure improvements included in the South 56th Street and Cirque Corridor Improvements Phase 2 Project.


Phase 2 Construction began July 2021.


Planned improvements and phasing are shown below:






Design (Phase 1 and 2)


Federal Grant

City of Tacoma $287,750 


Construction (Phase 1) Amount

Federal Funds

City of Tacoma $464,991
Construction (Phase 2) Amount

Federal Funds

City of Tacoma $1,589,931



Task Estimated Completion Date
Phase 1 Complete
Design (Phase 2) Complete
Right-of-Way (Phase 2) Complete
Advertise & Award (Phase 2) Complete
Construction (Phase 2) (Weather Dependent) Summer 2022/Fall 2022


Be Informed, Get Involved

The City of Tacoma is managing the project. Contact City Project Manager Basel Kitmitto with questions or concerns at (253) 591-5448 or by email.