Commerce St. closes between S. 7th St. and the 705, multiple lane closures during week of May 20

Publish Date

To install stormwater pipes and manholes in the street, the contractor will completely close Commerce Street between S. 7th Street and the 705 onramp. In addition, crews will start installing a water line on N. 1st Street between Tacoma Avenue and G Street in the Stadium District. Crews will continue stormwater work at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 13th Street in Hilltop. Rail welding and traction power substation work continue on Stadium Way. Crews are building foundations for power poles along Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 


Construction and traffic closures at Commerce Street, N. 1st Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and Stadium Way


Week of May 20


Commerce Street from 7th Street to the 705 onramp – street closure. Commerce Street will be closed in both directions from 7th Street to the 705 onramp for approximately three weeks.  Access to the parking lots on Commerce Street will be open. Sidewalks and the Spanish Steps also will be open. To access Commerce St. from I-705, take the A Street/Tacoma City Center exit. To access the 705, follow the detours to S. 9th St. During the Commerce Street closure, Stadium Way will be open in both directions between S. 4th Street and the I-705 on-ramp. Crews are installing stormwater pipes and manholes.

N. 1st Street from Tacoma Ave to G Street – lane closure. Crews will install a water line on the north side of N. 1st St. from Tacoma Avenue to G Street. This work will take place on the west side of the street, starting near Columbia Bank. We are working to keep the bank's drive-thru open. The alley next to the bank is expected to be closed for a couple of days. The water line work is expected to take one and a half weeks. The southbound lane is closed during this work. N. G Street will be open and access maintained to the parking lot. The pedestrian crossing near the alley will be closed, and a temporary crosswalk will be opened near G St.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. Earnest Brazill St. to S 13th St.  – southbound lane closure. The contractor continues to work on underground utilities on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Earnest Brazill St. to S 13th Street.  MLK Jr. Way is closed to northbound traffic from Earnest Brazill St. to S 14th St.  Follow detours on M Street and J Street. The street will be open to two-way traffic during non-working hours. After crews complete the water line from Earnest Brazill St. to S 13th St., they will continue the this work on MLK Jr. Way going south to the next block. 

South 13th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way intersection – closure. S 13th Street will be closed on both sides of MLK Jr. Way for a half block to the alleys. Crews are installing stormwater pipes underground. Parking will be opened up, if possible, during non-working hours.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 19th St. to S. 15th St. – lane restrictions. Crews continue building foundations for the power poles on MLK Jr. Way. They will move to the west side of MLK Jr. Way, going from 19th St. to 15th St. Two-way traffic is maintained.

Stadium Way from Broadway to 4th Street: southbound lane closure; use detours. Stadium Way is closed to southbound traffic from Broadway to the 4th Street. Stadium Way is open to two-way traffic from 4th Street to the 705 onramp. Crews continue welding rail, cutting pavement and building a traction power substation on Stadium Way. The traction power substation is located on the hillside along Stadium Way north of 4th St. Please follow the detours on St. Helens Ave., Broadway and Tacoma Ave, and consider other routes to access downtown and/or 705. One-way traffic going north on Stadium Way is open, including left-turns at S. 4th St. and Division Ave.


  • Driveway and pedestrian access is maintained, although some sidewalks and crosswalks will be temporarily closed. Pedestrian detours will be in place.
  • Construction noise related to replacing the underground utilities.
  • Large construction equipment or materials may be in the right-of-way.
  • Work will generally take place during the daytime hours. Daytime hours during the week are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The contractor usually works less hours.
  • Businesses are open during construction.
  • Plan ahead and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Due to inclement weather or unforeseen issues, dates and times are subject to change.

Contact us

Outreach Specialist: or 253-208-0586
After-hours construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Map of Commerce Street closure from 7th Street to I-705.


Map of water line work on North 1st Street from Tacoma Avenue to G Street.