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Water Flume Line Trail - Phase 3

Project Overview

Phase 3 of the trail extends along South Tacoma Way between South M Street and South Pine Street and is currently in right of way.  The project will be built in two phases.  Phase 3A will be built in 2023 between M and Sprague.  Phase 3B will be built in 2024 between Sprague and Pine. The City will begin acquiring the necessary right of way and construction easements for this project in 2021. Right of way acquisition is anticipated to take a year. 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 October 2015
Right of Way November 2020 September 2022
Advertise/Award January 2023 March 2023
Construction - Phase 3A April 2023 October 2023


Construction Budget for Phase 3B 


FHWA STP $3,316,860
City of Tacoma $1,596,782


Schedule for Phase 3B

Task Estimated Start Date Estimated Completion Date
Planning/Design April 2013 October 2015
Right of Way November 2020 September 2022
Advertise/Award January 2024 March 2024
Construction - Phase 3B April 2024 October 2024



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.