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17th Street Extension and UWT Improvements


The University of Washington Tacoma has expressed a desire to re-align South 17th Street into a continuous Street and to reconfigure the intersections at South 17th/Broadway/Jefferson and South 17th/Commerce/Jefferson. This work will include:

  • A new rock wall on the north side of South 17th Street between Commerce and Broadway
  • New ADA ramps at both intersections; curb, gutter, sidewalk
  • A grind and overlay of Jefferson between South 19th and South 17th
  • A road section on South 17th between Commerce and the west side of Broadway
  • This project will also include some utility upgrades
Aerial Map

Outreach Public involvement

A public meeting was held on March 12, 2014 at the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council. Another is scheduled with the Hillside Development Council on March 26, 2014.  


City staff has also provided project presentations at the following meetings.


  • Infrastructure, Planning, Sustainability Committee
  • Downtown Merchant Group
  • Infrastructure Meeting
  • Transportation Committee
  • Design Integration Review Team Meeting
  • Tacoma Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group

Westbound view of the 17th Street Extension and UWT Improvements

Southbound view of the 17th Street Extension and UWT Improvements


Source Amount
University of Washington
City of Tacoma  $800,000

Total Funding


Northwest Cascade, Inc. has started construction on January 12, 2015.


Week of June 15 through June 19, 2015

The contractor will:


  • Installing new light poles throughout project


Be Informed, Get Involved

You can contact City Project Manager Darius Thompson (253) 573-2410 with questions, concerns or comments. You are also invited to contact Darius to get email updates on public meetings, events and notices.