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Water Flume Line Trail - Phase 3

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Project Overview

Phase 3 of the trail extends along South Tacoma Way between South M Street and South Pine Street. The project will be built in two phases. Phase 3A will be built beginning in early 2024 between M and Sprague. Phase 3B will be built beginning fall of 2024 between Sprague and Pine. Right of way acquisition is complete and certification is underway. Following certification of the right of way, the project will obligate the construction funding fourth quarter 2023. Advertisement of Phase 3A for construction is anticipated to occur fourth quarter of 2023.
This project will include ADA compliant curb ramps, new storm drains, pedestrian crossing markers, traffic signal upgrades including enhanced pedestrian safety, and trail user amenities including pedestrian level lighting, signs, and Pierce Transit bus stop pads.


Project Open Houses Held to Gather Preferences from the Public

An open house for this project was held on November 2, 2017. A prior Open House was also held on March 18, 2015, along with an online survey to successfully gather preferences from the public. Option A (shown below) was preferred by 71% of respondents. The City is moving forward with design of the project utilizing Option A. The sidewalk in Option A would occur between Pine and Sprague.




Project Location


Phase 3 Map


Design Budget for Phases 3 and 4 

Task Amount
Planning/Design $700,000


Construction Budget for Phase 3A 

Task Amount
FHWA CMAQ $2,273,631
City of Tacoma $2,380,887


Schedule for Phase 3A

Task Estimated Start Date Estimated Completion Date
Planning/Design April 2013 Complete
Right of Way November 2020 June 2023
Advertise/Award November 2023 February 2024
Construction - Phase 3A March 2024 March 2025


Construction Budget for Phase 3B 


FHWA STP $3,316,860
City of Tacoma $1,616,919
Metro Parks $132,000


Schedule for Phase 3B

Task Estimated Start Date Estimated Completion Date
Planning/Design April 2013 October 2023
Right of Way November 2020 June 2023
Advertise/Award June 2024 September 2024
Construction - Phase 3B October 2024 October 2025



To date, the City of Tacoma has received and been notified of construction funding for planned full six-mile Water Flume Line Trail Project. In 2006, the City completed Phase 1. In 2009, the City completed a non-motorized facility between South 38th Street and Pine Street and received Federal funds to design and construct Phase 2 which began in April 2014. In 2013, the City received federal funds to design the final segments, phases 3 and 4, of the Water Ditch Trail. In 2014 the City received additional Federal funds to construct Phase 4, which allowed for construction to begin in the summer of 2016 and finish in 2017.  In 2020 the City was notified of the pending award of two grants to complete Phase 3 the final piece of the trail in 2023 and 2024.


Be Informed, Get Involved

You can contact City Project Manager Chris Storey, P.E. at (253) 573-2484 or via email, with questions, concerns or comments. You are also invited to contact Chris to get email updates on public meetings, events and notices.