First track installed on Stadium Way south of Division Avenue during week of June 10
This week the contractor will start installing the first track on the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension on Stadium Way south of Division Avenue. Currently, crews are removing asphalt in the center of the street. The contractor will install four, 300-foot strands of rail in this area on June 14. After laying the track, crews will pour concrete in this section. Then the "test track" will be inspected for two weeks.
Crews continue to build a traction power substation on the hillside along Stadium Way. They continue to install a stormwater system on Commerce Street. In the Stadium District, crews will return to N. 1st St. to do stormwater work. In Hilltop, the contractor will continue working on the water line on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 14th Street to 15th Street. In addition, crews are building foundations for the Link power poles along Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Construction and traffic restrictions at N. 1st Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Commerce Street and Stadium Way
Week of June 10
- N. 1st Street between Tacoma Avenue and G Street – lane closure. Crews are doing stormwater work on N. 1st Street near the alley by Columbia Bank. This work is expected to be completed by the end of the week. The southbound lane is closed from Tacoma Ave. to the Thriftway driveway. The street will be open to two-way traffic during non-work hours, if possible. Tacoma Public Utilities will contact customers to schedule the final connections to the new water line.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 14th Street to S. 16th Street – lane restrictions. The contractor continues to install a water line on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S 14th Street to S. 16th Street. MLK Jr. Way is open to two-way traffic. Crews will return later to do stormwater work at the intersections along MLK Jr. Way, including intersections at 14th St., 13th St., Earnest Brazill St., and 11th St.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. – lane restrictions. Crews continue building foundations for the Link power poles on MLK Jr. Way. They are working in the east side of MLK Jr. Way from 9th St. going north to 7th St. Two-way traffic is maintained.
- Commerce Street from 7th Street to the 705 onramp – street closure. Commerce Street is closed in both directions from 7th Street to the 705 onramp. Access to the parking lots on Commerce Street is open. Sidewalks and the Spanish Steps also are open. To access Commerce St. from I-705, take the A Street/Tacoma City Center exit. To access the 705, follow the detours to S. 9th St. During the Commerce Street closure, Stadium Way will be open in both directions between S. 4th Street and the I-705 on-ramp. Crews are installing a stormwater system. Commerce Street is expected to be open to two-way traffic on June 20 for the summer.
- Stadium Way from Broadway to 4th Street: southbound lane closure; use detours. Stadium Way is closed to southbound traffic from Broadway to the 4th Street. Stadium Way is open to two-way traffic from 4th Street to the 705 onramp. Please follow the detours on St. Helens Ave., Broadway and Tacoma Ave, and consider other routes to access downtown and/or I-705. One-way traffic going north on Stadium Way is open, including left-turns at S. 4th St. and Division Ave. Crews continue building a traction power substation on Stadium Way, located on the hillside north of 4th St. Crews are drilling piles to support the hillside. This week, the contractor begins installing the first track on Stadium Way south of Division Avenue. The rail welding on Stadium Way is completed, and rail is stored on Stadium Way north of the 705.
- Yakima Avenue at Division Avenue – intersection closed. The contractor continues to install a water line at the intersection of Yakima Ave. and Division Ave. This work is expected to take place on June 11 and 12. Two-way traffic is maintained on Division Ave.
- 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.
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