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Crews continue installing track on Division Avenue and will pothole on Commerce Street tonight

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Crews continue the track installation process on Division Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Way across I Street. Crews plan to pave on Thursday (depending on weather) and then adjust utilities and paint the traffic stripes on the street. The contractor plans to open Division Avenue to two-way traffic next week (around May 12, depending on weather). 

On Commerce St., crews will do additional potholing near the Theater District Station tonight (11 pm to 4 am), and will install curb and gutter during the day on the west side of Commerce St. from S. 7th St. to I-705. Crews plan to do additional work at night near the Theater District Station next week. On E. 25th St., crews are installing track, curb and gutter near the expanded Operations and Maintenance Facility. As soon as May 11, the contractor will close E. 25th St. in both directions between E. G St. and McKinley Ave. E. (one block) to continue the track installation. 

On Martin Luther King Jr. Way, crews are tying-in the Link power poles to the electrical system from S. 15th St. to S. 11th St. this week. Another crew is cleaning the rail on MLK Jr. Way, starting at S. 17th St. and going north. Next week the contractor plans to install the above ground signals at MLK Jr. Way and S. 18th St., and as soon as May 17, start installing curb and gutter along MLK Jr. Way, beginning at S. 19th St. and going north. 

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What

Construction and traffic restrictions at Commerce Street, S. 7th Street, Division Avenue, S. J Street, S. I Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and E. 25th Street.

When

Week of May 3.

Where

Commerce Street from I-705 to Theater District Station – southbound lane closure. Crews are installing track on Commerce St. from I-705 to the crosswalk north of the Theater District Station. The contractor is installing the underground electrical system and crossover tracks in the 7th St. intersection. In addition, crews will install curb, gutter and drainage on the west side of Commerce St. between S. 7th St. and I-705. Commerce St. is closed to southbound traffic between I-705 and the crosswalk north of the station, and S. 7th St. is closed at Commerce St. The northbound lane is open between S. 7th St. and I-705. Access to driveways and parking lots is maintained. To enter the Diamond parking lot on Commerce St., please follow S. 7th St. Please allow extra time to reach your destination – thank you. The contractor plans to work in this area on Commerce St. for another 8 weeks.

Commerce Street from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. – street closed at night, May 3. Crews will pothole near the existing Theater District Station tonight, May 3 from 11 pm to 4 am. Commerce St. will be closed in both directions between S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. tonight. Tacoma Link will continue to operate on its regular schedule. Traffic conditions may change as the work progresses. Crews plan to do additional work at night on Commerce St. during the weeks of May 10 and May 17.

Division Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Way to Yakima Avenue – eastbound lane closure. Crews are installing track on Division Avenue from MLK Jr. Way across I St. This week, the contractor is preparing to pave on Thursday, and then will adjust utilities and paint traffic stripes on the street. Division Ave. is closed to eastbound traffic from MLK Jr. Way to Yakima Ave., and both I St. and J St. are closed south of Division Ave. for about a half-block. These traffic conditions with both J St. and I St. closed at Division Ave. will be in place for about three weeks. To complete this work as quickly as possible, the contractor will work on Saturdays on Division Avenue, starting as early as 7 a.m. Please follow the detour on MLK Jr. Way, 6th Avenue and St. Helens and allow a little extra time to reach your destination – thank you.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 15th St. to S. 11th St. – traffic restrictions. This week, crews are tying the Link power poles into the electrical system on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between S. 15th St. and S. 11th St. In addition, another crew is cleaning the rail on MLK Jr. Way, starting at S. 17th St. going north. The contractor will put up no parking signs in advance of the cleaning. Please look at the dates on the signs. You can park there during the times not listed on the signs. Two-way traffic is maintained on MLK Jr. Way and the side streets. 

East 25th Street from McKinley Ave. to E. J St. – eastbound lane closure. Crews are installing track, curb and gutter near the Operations and Maintenance Facility on E. 25th St. As soon as Tuesday, May 11, the contractor will continue the track installation on E. 25th St. to E. G St. At that time, E. 25th St. will be closed in both directions between E. G St. and McKinley Avenue E. Please follow the detour on Puyallup Avenue. 

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  • 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. Visit PierceTransit.org for information.
  • Construction noise related to underground utilities and track installation.
  • 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.
Map of Division Avenue closure.