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Taylor Way Rehabilitation

Traffic Safety Alert! 

There have been reports of drivers traveling in lanes in the wrong direction on Taylor Way and then swerving into the work zone to avoid collisions. This dangerous behavior could cause a serious head-on collision, which increases the risk of injury to work crew members, as well as damage to equipment and vehicles.
 
Businesses operating in the area are asked to direct employees, vendors, truck drivers, and visitors to abide by the posted signs, traffic cones, and detour routes, as well as, drive defensively to avoid these wrong-way drivers. Tacoma police activity will increase in the construction area to help.

  

Project Updates

 

Construction Has Started--Please Watch for Workers in the Roadway of the Taylor Way Vicinity

Construction began the week of July 7, 2020 and is primarily focused on Taylor Way from E. 11th Street to SR 509. The work will generally include demolition, utility placement, rail crossing replacement and paving. Please note the following activities:

  • 4/5/21 - Lane Shift on Taylor Way - The weekend of April 17/18, the existing two lanes of traffic between Lincoln Avenue and SR 509 will shift from the north side of the road (the rail side) to the south side. Two-way traffic and local access will be maintained. The northern most lane will be closed for the foreseeable future for demolition and final paving.
  • 3/18/21 – Hylebos Bridge is OPEN – The Hylebos Bridge is now open to traffic. Maintenance, which was anticipated to take place from March 15 to March 19, wrapped up sooner than expected. Please contact the City’s Bridge Manager, Steve Carstens, at 253-328-1506 or Scarstens@cityoftacoma.org, with further questions.

  • 3/9/21 - Rail Crossing Replacements/Road Closures - Project rail crossing replacement work is now complete.
  • 12/15/20 - Work on SR 509: Watch for night work and lane restrictions along SR 509, including the installation of a temporary traffic signal at Taylor Way.   BEGINNING THE WEEK OF JANUARY 4, significant construction activity will begin along SR 509 and continue through the summer.  The work will include roadway widening, utilities, paving and striping.  Lanes may be shifted, as well as being reduced to one thru lane at night and/or on weekends.  Electronic message boards along the roadway will note upcoming work.  Activities resulting in limited access to Taylor Way or 54th Avenue E. will be posted to this website.
  • 12/15/20 - Paving/Utilities/Road Closure:  Watch for intermittent lane closures on Taylor Way from Lincoln Avenue to E. 11th Street.  Local access will be maintained.  Should the roadway be reduced to one lane, a detour will be in place via Lincoln Avenue and Alexander Avenue.
  • 12/15/20 – Hylebos Bridge Weight Restrictions:  As a result of a recent load rating study, weight restrictions will be posted for the Hylebos bridge within the next 30 days.  Vehicles impacted will include the following:  
    • SU6 (single unit hauling vehicle with 6 axles) will be restricted to a maximum of 33 tons  (95% of legal load)
    • SU7 (single unit hauling vehicle with 7 axles) will be restricted to a maximum of 35 tons (91% of legal load)
    • EV3 (3 axle emergency vehicle) will be restricted to a maximum of 34 tons. (80% of legal load)
  • 10/9/20 - Expect Night/Weekend Delays:  Sections of Taylor Way from Lincoln Avenue to SR 509 may be reduced to one-way flagger controlled traffic through the work zone to accommodate night construction activities over the life of the project.  Allowable days/times for one-way flagger controlled traffic are:
    • Beginning Monday at 6 PM through Tuesday 6 AM
    • Beginning Tuesday 6 PM through Wednesday 6 AM
    • Beginning Wednesday 11 PM through Thursday 6 AM
    • Beginning Thursday 6 PM through Friday 6 AM
    • Beginning Friday 11 PM through Monday 6 AM

To avoid delays associated with the night work and the one-way flagger controlled traffic,  use SR 509 and the Hylebos Bridge to reach E. 11th Street (see the ‘RAIL CROSSING REPLACEMENT AND DETOUR ROUTE PLANS’ attached above).

  • 7/19/20 – Lane Reduction:  Beginning July 19, 2020, through 2021, Taylor Way from Lincoln Avenue to SR 509  will be reduced to two lanes, one lane in each direction. Two lanes will remain in place through 2021 (approximate time frame of re-opening roadway to three lanes will be posted based on weather and construction progress).

Please watch for website updates addressing additional road closure/detour route information, including specific updates on rail crossing work and the associated three day total road closures.

 

Business and pedestrian access will be maintained.

  

Project News

 

Virtual Pre-Construction Open House was held on May 27, 2020, watch the recorded event here.

To send questions or for more information on the project, contact Project Manager Mark D'Andrea at mdandrea@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5518. 

    

Project Schedule

  • July 2020 – Construction Begins
  • September 2021 - Work Generally Complete (weather dependent)
  • September - November 2021 - Final Finishes/Punch List Items

Getting Around During Construction

To minimize impacts to the traveling public, construction that will reduce lanes on Taylor Way (to less than one lane in each direction) and on SR 509 (to less than two lanes in each direction) will occur at night and/or on weekends.  This generally involves major paving operations, but could include occur other tasks such as utility installation, roadway striping, etc.

 

Project Outreach

Outreach is ongoing and has included two open houses (August 24, 2018 and May 27, 2020), meetings with both the New Tacoma and Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Councils, one-on-one property owner/business operator meetings, discussions with other local and regional stakeholders, and coordination with Police, Fire, school districts and transit.  Open house notifications were provided through postcard mailings, social media, City and Project web pages, and advertising in The News Tribune and Tacoma Weekly. Website updates will be made during construction to provide information on upcoming work.

 

Where is the Taylor Way Rehabilitation Project?

 

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    What is the Project?   

    Taylor Way is an important arterial serving the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing Industrial Center, it is the main corridor on the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula, an essential emergency access route, and a vital freight corridor for the Port carrying between 4 million tons and 10 million tons of freight every year.

     

    The Taylor Way pavement wasn't designed to carry these heavy truck loads. Truck and rail conflicts are common along the route, including 12 at-grade rail crossings between SR 509 and E. 12th Street. 

     

    Although there is sidewalk between E. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, there are no pedestrian facilities along Taylor Way between Lincoln Avenue and SR 509.

     

    The SR 509/Taylor Way intersection is operating over capacity and delaying traffic on adjacent corridors. The intersection, as it currently operates, is the second worst ranked bottleneck for freight movement in WSDOT’s Olympic Region (Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap and Clallam Counties).

     

    What are the Project Needs and Proposed Improvements?

     

    Failing Pavement - Taylor Way was not built to handle the heavy truck loads. Over 40% of daily traffic on Taylor Way are trucks moving freight to/from the Port of Tacoma.

     

    Proposed Improvement

    • Rebuild Taylor Way as a concrete road from the Tacoma/Fife city limits (east of SR 509) to E. 11th Street. Concrete pavement will last much longer than asphalt with the heavy truck traffic.

    Congestion at the SR 509/Taylor Way Intersection – delays at this intersection impact regional traffic between I-5 and SR 509, as well as destinations within the Port, including along the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula.

     

    Proposed Improvement

    • Add second left turn lanes to SR 509 (both southbound and northbound).
    • Lengthen second thru lane and right-turn lane for westbound Taylor Way at SR 509.
    • Extend the length of the turn pockets on SR 509 and on Taylor Way.

    Lack of Pedestrian Facilities – currently there is sidewalk on the west side of Taylor Way between E. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, but there is no sidewalk along Taylor Way between Lincoln Avenue and SR 509. Pedestrians are forced to walk in the roadway or along a narrow dirt path adjacent to the curb.

     

    Proposed Improvement

    • Add a ten-foot wide sidewalk on the west side of Taylor Way between Lincoln Avenue and SR 509.
    • Build new energy-efficient LED street lighting.
    • Upgrade curb ramps at intersections and pedestrian push buttons at traffic signals.

    Response Time for Emergency Services/Freight Delays –Taylor Way is the “last mile” between I-5 and the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula, which includes major marine terminals and freight distributors. This takes on more importance with the closure of Alexander Avenue north of SR 509 and when the Hylebos Bridge is raised to pass marine vehicles. Taylor Way is also critical in providing emergency services to the Blair-Hylebos peninsula.

     

    Proposed Improvement

    • Reduce truck/rail conflicts by removing up to four of the 11 at-grade rail crossings, and by upgrading the remaining crossings to make the driving surface smoother so freight can maintain normal speeds while traversing the corridor.
    • Interconnect traffic signals for improved traffic flow.
    • Add closed circuit TV cameras to monitor traffic/freight movement and quickly respond to incidents.
    • Add LED signs/VMS boards providing messaging to freight/emergency response vehicles.
    • Add emergency vehicle pre-emption at traffic signals.

    How is the Project Funded?

    • Total Project Funding is $24 Million
    • Funding Partners:
      • City of Tacoma
      • Puget Sound Regional Council
      • Freight Mobility strategic Investment Board
      • Other Local Contributions

    When will the Project Be Built?

    Taylor Way Schedule

    Project Schedule

         

    Interested Groups

    The City is communicating with the following groups to provide updates and gather input:

    • Port of Tacoma

    • Puyallup Tribe of Indians

    • City of Fife

    • WSDOT

    • Longshoreman’s Local Union 23

    • Northwest Seaport Alliance

    • Tacoma Rail

    • Tacoma Transportation Commission

    • Tacoma Bicycle Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group

    • Tote Maritime

    • Carlile Transportation

    • Northeast and New Tacoma Neighborhood Councils

    Other Construction in the Area

    Use the following links to learn about other construction projects in the area.

     

    Related Environmental Documents

    Pre-Bid Construction Meeting

    Contact Information

     

    Please contact Mark D'Andrea, Project Manager, with any questions you have about the project at (253) 591-5518 or by email.