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Prairie Line Trail Phase 1

Progress Update-15th Street Bridge

Work on the bridge is complete.


Construction Update

The project is currently 95% complete and will wrap up fall 2017. At this time the project is awaiting delivery of the remainder of the plantings, the final set of pavers and some signage. Once these materials have been delivered final installation and punch list items will be completed.


OverviewPrairie Line Trail Rendering

This project will complete an important link in Tacoma’s non-motorized system, connecting the waterfront to downtown with multiple city and regional trails.  Traversing the steep hills of Tacoma is a challenge – the gentle grade of this former rail corridor provides an easier walking and cycling alternative.  Construction of this multi-use path includes wayfinding, lighting, stormwater improvements, landscaping, public art, and amenities.  The first phase of the project is located along the former BNSF rail line running between South 15th Street and Dock Street.


Outreach and Public Involvement


Public Meetings

December 10, 2014
Public Open House for both the Prairie Line Trail - Phase 1 and Tollefson Plaza, was held at the Tacoma Art Museum.

July 17, 2014
Public Open House was held at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Project Funding Update


Source Amount
FHWA STPE Grant $465,000
City Funds $1,820,000
State Dept. of Ecology Grant $53,330
Metro Parks $360,000 
Puget Sound Regional Council Grant $1,919,372
Total $4,617,702


Budget Phase 1


Item Amount 
Conceptual Design $352,000
Design $660,557
Construction Engineering $402,357
Construction $3,202,788
Total $4,617,702


Task Start Date  End Date
Design  May  2014 December 2014
Re-Advertise/Award June 2016 August 2016
Construction  Sept 2016 October 2017

Questions and Comments

The City of Tacoma is managing the project. Contact City Project Manager Chris Storey with questions at (253) 573-2484 or via email.