N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection expected to open by Feb 14.

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In the Stadium District, crews are finishing rail installation in the Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection this week. We expect this intersection to open by Feb 14. After this intersection opens, crews will remove or fill in abandoned utility structures on N. 1st St., which will close one lane of traffic on N. 1st St. 

After the Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st St. intersection opens, crews will close the west side of Stadium Way at Division Ave. to install track across Division Avenue on Stadium Way. Crews continue to install track and foundations for Link power poles and build the traction power substation on the west side of Stadium Way north of S. 4th Street. We expect that Stadium Way will be open to two-way traffic between S. 4th St. and the 705 at the end of this week.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 19th Street to S. 15th Street, the contractor is installing underground electrical vaults as part of the track installation process. Later this week, crews will remove asphalt on the west side of MLK Jr. Way in this area. Early next week crews will move the rail into place. 

Crews continue to work on signals and lighting at MLK Jr. Way and Earnest Brazil Street as well as install foundations for Link power poles on MLK Jr. Way between 9th Street and 15th Street. 

What

Construction and traffic restrictions on N. 1st Street, N. Tacoma Avenue, Division Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Earnest Brazill Street, S. 16th Street, S. 17th Street, Stadium Way, and Commerce Street 

When

Week of February 10

Where

  • N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection – intersection closure. Track installation at N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street continues, closing the intersection. We expect that this intersection will be open by Feb. 14. Please follow detours on N. 2nd St., Yakima Avenue, and Division Ave. After this intersection opens, crews will remove or fill in abandoned utilities on N. 1st St., closing one lane of traffic on N. 1st St.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 19th to S. 15th Streets – southbound lane closure. Crews are installing underground electrical vaults in the center of MLK Jr. Way from S. 18th St. to S. 16th St. Later this week, crews will remove asphalt on the west side of MLK Jr. Way in this area. The southbound lane on MLK Jr. Way is closed from S. 15th St. to S. 19th St. Please follow the detour on S. J St. In addition, S. 17th St. is closed on the west side of MLK Jr. Way to the alley. 

    In addition, rail strands are stored in the street right-of-way on the east side of MLK Jr. Way between S. 16th and S. 18th Streets. Ultimately, crews will install this rail in MLK Jr. Way. During rail storage, S. 17th St. east of MLK Jr. Way is closed. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Earnest Brazill Street – lane restriction. Crews are working on traffic signals and lighting on MLK Jr. Way at Earnest Brazill. Two-way traffic is maintained on MLK Jr. Way.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 13th St. to S. 11th St – lane restriction. Crews are installing foundations for Link power poles on MLK Jr. Way between S. 13th St. and S. 11th St. Two-way traffic is maintained on MLK Jr. Way.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Division Ave. to S. 3rd St. – southbound lane closure. Because of utility work, the southbound lane of MLK Jr. Way is closed at Division Ave., and open to northbound traffic from the Baker Center to Division Ave. Please follow the detour routes on J St. to 6th Ave. to MLK Jr. Way. Access to the hospitals and medical centers is open. Please allow an extra 15 minutes to get to your appointment.
  • Commerce Street from 9th Street to 7th Street – lane restriction. Crews are potholing and installing foundations for Link power poles on Commerce Street from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. Two-way traffic is maintained on Commerce St.
  • 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. We expect that Stadium Way will be open to two-way traffic between S. 4th St. and the 705 by the end of this week.

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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 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. 
Tacoma Ave & 1st St closure map