Construction on MLK Jr. Way near Tacoma General, Hilltop during the week of April 22

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Water line work will continue on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in front of Tacoma General Hospital, moving to the section north of South 5th Street to South 6th Avenue. 5th Street will remain open. 
On Hilltop, crews continue to work on utilities at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South 11th Street, and will move the water line work to Martin Luther King Jr. Way from South 11th Street to Earnest Brazill Street. 

As the contractor prepares for rail work to start on Stadium Way during the week of April 29, Stadium Way will be closed southbound from Broadway to the 705 onramp later this week. Because of this work, South 4th Street will be closed to eastbound traffic from Broadway to Stadium Way.

In the Stadium District, the contractor is doing stormwater work on Division Avenue in between Yakima Avenue and I Street. Near Sound Transit's Operations and Maintenance Facility on East 25th Street, crews are working on underground utilities. Commerce Street is open in both directions.

What

Construction and traffic closures on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Stadium Way, 4th Street, Division Avenue, and East 25th Street 

When

Week of April 22

Where

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from South 10th Street to South Earnest Brazill Street  – southbound lane closure. The contractor continues to work on underground utilities at the intersection of MLK Jr. Way and South 11th Street. When this is completed, crews will move the work to the west side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way from South 11th Street to Earnest Brazill Street. MLK Jr. Way will be closed to southbound traffic from South 10th Street to Earnest Brazill Street. Follow detours on M Street and J Street. In addition, South 11th Street will be completely closed on each side of MLK Jr. Way for about a half-block to the alleys. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Way in front of Tacoma General to 6th Avenue – lane restrictions. Crews are installing a new waterline on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Division Ave. to 6th Avenue, and will move to the section in front of Tacoma General Hospital (near the main crosswalk) to 6th Avenue. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 5th Street will remain open. Access to the hospitals, medical centers and emergency department continue to be open.

Stadium Way from Broadway to the 705 on-ramp: southbound lane closure; use detours. Stadium Way will be closed to southbound traffic from Broadway to the 705 onramp. Later this week, crews will close the section of Stadium Way from 4th Street to the 705 onramp to prepare for the rail welding. Rail will be stored on Stadium Way just north of the 705. During the week of April 29, crews will start welding rail, cutting pavement and building a traction power substation on Stadium Way. Please follow the detours on Street Helens Avenue, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue. One-way traffic going north on Stadium Way is open. 

South 4th Street from Broadway to Stadium Way – eastbound lane closure. Because of the rail welding work on Stadium Way south of 4th Street, vehicles will not be able to travel southbound on Stadium Way between 4th Street and the 705 onramp. As a result, the eastbound lane on South 4th Street will be closed from Broadway to Stadium Way. To access parking garages and driveways on Stadium Way, please travel north on Commerce Street or north on Stadium Way from the 705 off-ramp.

Division Avenue from Yakima Avenue to I Street – lane restrictions. Division Avenue is open to two-way traffic as the contractor installs a stormwater system. After this stormwater work on Division Avenue is completed, the contractor is expected to move back to North 1st Street to install a water line.

East 25th Street from McKinley Avenue East to East J Street – lane restrictions. The contractor is working on underground utilities near Sound Transit's Operations and Maintenance Facility in the Dome District. Two-way traffic is maintained.

More

  • 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.
  • 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: liz.satterthwaite@soundtransit.org or 253-208-0586
After-hours construction hotline: 888-298-2395

Map of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 11th Street construction impacts.
Map of waterline work on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Map of Stadium Way construction impacts.