Construction and traffic impacts in late December

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The contractor will move equipment and materials off of Division Avenue and onto Martin Luther King Jr. Way in between Division Avenue and S. 3rd Street this week. After this equipment moves, Division Avenue will open to two-way traffic. Crews will complete the jack-and-bore operations on MLK Jr. Way near Tacoma General Hospital this week and then remove the shoring and fill in the pits. Rail welding on MLK Jr. Way is expected to be completed by Dec. 23, and then the S. 16th St. intersection will open. On Stadium Way, crews will continue to install track and foundations for Link power poles.

Looking ahead, the contractor plans to do traffic signal work in the N. Tacoma Ave. and N. 1st St. intersection in early January. Track installation is expected to start in this intersection and on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near S. 18th St. in January. In addition, crews will start utility work on MLK Jr. Way from Division Ave. to S. 3rd St. in early January.

The contractor will not be working on Dec. 24, 25, 31 or Jan. 1. Happy holidays!


Construction and traffic restrictions on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, S. 17th Street, S. 16th Street, Division Avenue, and Stadium Way 


Dec. 19 - 31


Division Avenue from J Street to K Street – lane closure. Division Avenue is closed to westbound traffic from J St. to K St/Martin Luther King Jr. Way to move equipment and materials off of Division Ave. to MLK Jr. Way between Division and 3rd St. The equipment is expected to be off of Division Ave. on Dec. 23, and then Division Ave. will open to two-way traffic.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 18th to S. 15th Streets – lane restrictions. Crews are welding rail segments on the east side of MLK Jr. Way in between S. 15th and S. 17th Streets. The longer rail strands are stored in the street right-of-way in two piles on the east side of MLK Jr. Way. S. 17th St. and S. 16th St. are both closed just east of the MLK Jr. Way intersection during welding. After the welding is completed, S. 16th St., the crosswalks and sidewalks will open. S. 17th St. will continue to be closed during rail storage. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 3rd St. to S. 5th St. – lane restrictions. Crews are installing underground utilities on the west side of MLK Jr. Way from S. 3rd St. to S. 5th St. near Jackson Hall and the Baker Center. Two-way traffic is maintained on MLK Jr. Way. Access to the hospitals and medical centers is open. Please allow extra time to get to your appointment.

Stadium Way from Broadway to the 705 onramp -- southbound lane closure; use detours. Crews continue to install foundations for Link power poles on the east side of Stadium Way from Division Ave. to the 705 onramp. Stadium Way is closed to southbound traffic from Broadway to the 705 onramp. Please follow detour routes on St. Helens, Tacoma Avenue and Broadway, and consider alternate routes to access downtown and/or the 705.  Stadium Way continues to be open northbound from the 705 to Tacoma Avenue with left turns at S. 4th St. and Division Ave. Commerce St. also is open to two-way traffic. 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. 


  • Driveway and pedestrian access is maintained, although some sidewalks and crosswalks will be temporarily closed. Pedestrian detours will be in place. Buses will follow detour routes.
  • Construction noise related to replacing the underground utilities and installing track.
  • 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.