Construction alert: Traffic impacts on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Stadium Way and Commerce Street during week of Dec. 10

Publish Date

To replace underground utilities along the future route, Sound Transit’s contractor will temporarily close parking and traffic lanes in areas along Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Stadium Way and Commerce Street. 


Construction and traffic closures on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Stadium Way and Commerce Street.


Week of December 10


  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way: 19th to 15th St – lane restrictions. MLK between S 15th and S 19th will maintain two-way traffic during construction of the storm and sanitary sewer.  The intersection at S. 16th Street and MLK will be closed while the contractor connects the side sewer to the main line. Parking will be restricted on both sides of MLK as well as on S. 16th for a half-block just west of MLK. Please move your vehicles during the times shown on the no parking signs – thank you. Pedestrian access will be limited in these areas. 
  • Commerce Street: 7th St. to I-705 on-ramp – lane restrictions. Access to Commerce St. from the 705/Stadium Way exit is closed until mid-January 2019.  Detours are in place. One-way traffic northbound on Commerce St. will be maintained from S. 9th to 705 until January.
  • Traffic south of South 4th St. on Stadium Way will be detoured onto I-705. To avoid travelling on I-705, please follow the detours on St. Helens Ave., Broadway and Tacoma Ave.
  • Stadium Way: Broadway to South 4th St. – southbound lane closure; use detours
    Southbound on Stadium Way continues to be closed to traffic from Broadway to South 4th St. until Jan. 2. Please follow the detours on St. Helens Ave., Broadway and Tacoma Ave. One-way traffic going north on Stadium Way is open. The pedestrian refuge islands on Stadium Way were removed as part of the project and to better shift traffic during construction. For safety, some sidewalks on the east side of Stadium Way may be closed during construction.   


  • 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.
  • Traffic delays due to detours.
  • Work will generally take place during the daytime hours.
  • Businesses are open during construction.
  • Plan ahead, leave early 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: Liz Satterthwaite, or 253-208-0586
After-hours construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Map of Stadium and Commerce street closures, week of Dec. 10th
Map of MLK lane restrictions, week of Dec. 10th

Repairing pot holes along Martin Luther King Jr. Way and in the Stadium District

To improve safety on city streets, Sound Transit’s contractor will repair pot holes along Martin Luther King Jr. Way and in the Stadium District. This street repair is happening now and is expected to be completed by Monday, Dec. 10. The City of Tacoma gave permission to do this street repair during the holiday moratorium in the business districts to improve safety and street conditions.