Construction in Hilltop and Stadium District during the week of July 22
In Hilltop, crews will continue working on utilities at the Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 11th Street intersection and on MLK Jr. Way from S. 16th Street to S. 18th Street. The contractor continues to install Link power poles on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 8th Street to S. 10th Street.
In the Stadium District, the contractor will move back to the south side the N. Tacoma Ave. and N. 1st Street intersection to do stormwater work, as early as Monday, July 22. For the traction power substation on Stadium Way, crews will continue building a drainage system on the hillside. In addition, the contractor plans to install more rail on Stadium Way in between Division Avenue and S. 4th Street.
Stadium Way/N. E St./N 1st St. is closed to traffic just north of Division Avenue to N. Tacoma Avenue. Construction will last the entire summer break to about Sept. 4.
In addition, the contractor is coordinating with Tacoma Public Utilities to connect some customers to the new water line on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. TPU is scheduling the water service connections with customers. These TPU final connections also involve some construction work.
Looking ahead, the contractor plans to do potholing near Tacoma General during the week of July 29. In addition, the contractor will do utility work at the intersection of Division and J Streets during the weekends of August 2 and August 9. This will involve completely closing that intersection and working day and night.
Construction and traffic restrictions on N. Tacoma Way, N. 1st Street, Stadium Way, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, S. 11th Street, and S. 17th Street
Week of July 22
N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection – intersection closure and lane restrictions. As early as Monday, July 22, the contractor will move back to the south side of the N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection to install underground stormwater pipes and structures. Two-way traffic will be maintained on N. Tacoma Ave. N. 1st Street will be closed at Tacoma Avenue for about a half block. Some parking will not be available near the work. To access the Rankos and Platinum Salon parking lots, take N. 2nd Street to N. E Street. The Harvester Restaurant has parking on Broadway. The driveways to Columbia Bank and Stadium Thriftway will be open on N. 1st Street. The stormwater work in this area is expected to take 2-3 weeks. We will look for opportunities to open the street, if possible. Crews will work during the day on Saturday, July 27.
Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 11th Street intersection – southbound lane closure. Crews continue to work on underground utilities at the intersection of MLK Jr. Way and S. 11th St. One lane of traffic will be maintained on MLK Jr. Way. Currently, crews are working on S. 11th Street west of MLK Jr. Way. Later this week, they will move to S. 11th Street on the west side of MLK Jr. Way. When that happens, the southbound lane of MLK Jr. Way will be closed for about a half block north and south of S. 11th St. In addition, S. 11th St. will be closed on the west side of MLK Jr. Way. During non-working hours, MLK Jr. Way will be open to two-way traffic, and parking will be available. Utility work in this intersection is expected to last another week.
Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 17th Street intersection – southbound lane closure. Crews started working on the sewer line at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 17th Street. The southbound lane of MLK Jr. Way is closed from S. 16th Street to S. 18th Street. S. 17th Street is closed on the west side of MLK Jr. Way for less than a half block. Please follow the detour on S. J Street. This work at S. 17th St. is expected to take another week and then move a block south to S. 18th Street.
Martin Luther King Jr. Way between S. 8th St and S. 10th St. – lane restrictions. Crews continue building foundations for the Link power poles on MLK Jr. Way. They are working in the west side of MLK Jr. Way from 8th St. going south to 10th St. Two-way traffic is maintained.
Stadium Way between Division Avenue and N. Tacoma Avenue – street closed. Stadium Way/N. E Street/N. 1st Street is closed to traffic just north of Division Avenue to N. Tacoma Avenue. Construction will last the entire summer break to about Sept. 4. Please follow detour routes on Stadium Way, N. 1st Street, Division Avenue, N. E Street, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue. Several crews are working in this area at the same time. This week, they will continue to install rail. A concrete pour may take place this week.
Stadium Way from Division to 4th Street: southbound lane closure; use detours. Stadium Way is closed to southbound traffic from Division Avenue to the 4th Street. Crews installed the first track on Stadium Way south of Division Avenue. After the test track is approved, crews will install the next rail segment below this area. Work on the traction power substation along the hillside continues, as crews build a drainage system. In addition, crews are installing foundations for the Link power poles.
- 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 unless otherwise noted. 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.
Construction staging area at Puyallup Avenue and East K Street
Walsh Construction Co. II, LLC, Sound Transit's general contractor for the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension, plans to stage equipment and store materials on property located at the north side of Puyallup Avenue and East K Street in the Dome District. The equipment and materials stored include construction trucks and equipment, utility pipes and structures, and stockpile materials for hauling to work zones or off site. The City of Tacoma owns this property.