Division Avenue and J Street intersection closed the weekends of August 2 and August 9 for day and night-time utility work
**UPDATE** The contractor will not be working at the Division Avenue and J Street intersection this weekend, Aug. 2. Crews will start work on Division Avenue between J Street and K Street on Monday, Aug. 5.
To install underground utilities, Sound Transit's contractor will completely close the intersection at Division Avenue and J Street during the weekends of August 2 and August 9. Crews may also work in this intersection during the week of August 5 with the eastbound traffic lane open. The contractor can work day and night (continuous construction), and obtained a noise variance for the night-time work from the City of Tacoma.
This week, crews will do some potholing on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Tacoma General Hospital. 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 S. 10th Street to Earnest Brazill Street.
In the Stadium District, the contractor continues to install stormwater pipes and structures underground at the N. Tacoma Ave. and N. 1st Street intersection. In the N. 1st St./N. E Street closure near Stadium High School, crews continue to prepare the street for rail installation. Last week, crews poured concrete around the rails between Tacoma Ave. and Broadway, and they may do another concrete pour this week.
For the traction power substation on Stadium Way, crews 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.
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.
Construction and traffic restrictions on Division Avenue, N. J Street, N. Tacoma Way, N. 1st Street, Stadium Way, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, S. 11th Street
Week of July 29
Division Avenue and J Street intersection – intersection closure. The Division Avenue and J Street intersection will be completely closed during the weekends of Aug 2-5 and Aug. 9-12. Follow detours on I St., 6th Ave., and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. In addition, crews may work in this intersection during the week of Aug 5 with one lane open on Division Avenue. Several temporary bypass pipes will be installed for stormwater and sewer work along the curb on N. 3rd St., N. 2nd St., Division Ave., and S. J St. The bypass pumps will run 24-hours/day, and will be monitored. The work can take place day and night (continuous construction). The contractor obtained a noise variance from the City of Tacoma to do night-time work.
N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection – intersection closure and lane restrictions. The contractor is installing underground utilities on the south side of the N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection. Two-way traffic is 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. The stormwater work in this area is expected to take another week. We will look for opportunities to open the street, if possible.
Martin Luther King Jr. Way between S. 3rd Street and S. 5th Street -- lane restrictions. This week, the contractor will do some potholing on the west side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Tacoma General Hospital. Two-way traffic will be maintained on MLK Jr. Way.
Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 11th Street intersection – southbound lane closure at S. 10th St. Crews continue to install underground utilities at the intersection of MLK Jr. Way and S. 11th St. The southbound lane of MLK Jr. Way is closed at S. 10th Street to about a half block south of S. 11th St. In addition, S. 11th St. is 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. The utility work in this intersection is expected to last another week. Then, crews plan to move to MLK Jr. Way and 13th St.
Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 17th Street intersection – southbound lane closure. Crews are installing stormwater pipes and structures at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 17th Street. The southbound lane of MLK Jr. Way is closed from S. 17th 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 week, the stormwater work is expected to move a block south to S. 18th Street.
Martin Luther King Jr. Way between S. 10th St. and Earnest Brazill 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 10th St. going south to Earnest Brazill 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 September 4. Please follow detour routes on Stadium Way, N. 1st Street, Division Avenue, N. E Street, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue. To access the Rankos and Platinum Salon parking lots, take N. 2nd Street to N. E Street. Several crews are working in this area at the same time. This week, they will continue to install rail. Crews are working on Saturdays.
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.