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Upcoming Chip Seal Maintenance

Upcoming Chip Seal Maintenance


July 22, 2014



Gwen Schuler, Mediaand Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5160
Carrie McCausland, Media and Communications Office, cmccausland@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


Upcoming Chip Seal Road Closures

The City of Tacoma is reminding drivers to slow down and be alert for upcoming road closures and chip seal road maintenance efforts.

Chip sealing involves laying down a layer of hot liquid asphalt, following with a layer of clean gravel and finishing by rolling the gravel into the asphalt. This is used on top of an existing street to seal and even out cracked surfaces, which serves to protect roads from deterioration. To perform the work, roads will need to be closed to all traffic, except emergency vehicles, and detours will be in place per the following schedule:


  • Friday, July 25: South Tyler Street from South 56th to South 74th streets from 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday, July 27: South 56th Street from Alaska to Oakes streets from 6 AM to 6 PM
  • Monday, July 28: South 56th Street from Oakes Street to South Tacoma Way from 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Tuesday, July 29: South 56th Street from South Tacoma Way to Tyler Street from 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Wednesday, July 30: South 56th Street from Tyler to Orchard streets from 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Thursday, July 31: South Tyler Street from Center Street to Manitou Way from 7 AM to 5 PM


Tacoma Public Works coordinates its maintenance work with Pierce Transit, Tacoma Fire, and the Tacoma Police Department. All projects and their schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

Funding for these efforts and other road maintenance efforts comes from the Transportation Benefit District (TBD). The TBD has generated just over $2 million for local transportation improvements to Tacoma’s 857 lane miles of main arterial streets and 8,610 residential blocks since being created a year ago.