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Tacoma Link to close for 10 days, starting on June 21, during track installation on E. 25th Street

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Crews are installing track on E. 25th Street near the expanded Operations and Maintenance Facility, and will start installing the cutover track on Sunday night. The cutover track work will happen around-the-clock, during the day and night on E. 25th St., from June 20 until June 30. Because trains will not have access in and out of the OMF and to do this work safely, Tacoma Link and all the stations along the route will be closed for 10 days, starting on June 21 at 5 a.m. During this time, Sound Transit will provide shuttle bus service to all the Tacoma Link stations. Tacoma Link will open for service again on June 30.

In other areas, crews continue installing track, curb, gutter, sidewalks, and electrical systems on Commerce Street. On Division Avenue, crews are installing signals from Yakima Avenue to MLK Jr. Way. In Hilltop, crews are installing curb and gutter on the east side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 19th St. to S. 16th St. The contractor expects to complete the work in this section and move to the area between S. 16th St. and S. 13th St. in late June. The contractor will work on Saturdays, starting at 7 a.m. In addition, crews are installing signals at the S. 11th St. and S. 15th St. intersections, and cleaning clean rail on MLK Jr. Way from 6th Ave. to Division Ave.

Looking ahead, the contractor plans to install a stormwater system in the Commerce St. and S. 9th St. intersection during the weekend of June 25. 

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What

Construction and traffic restrictions at Commerce Street, S. 7th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, S. 18th Street, S. 17th Street, S. 15th Street, S. 11th Street, E. 25th Street, and Puyallup Avenue

When

Week of June 14

Where

Commerce Street from I-705 to S. 9th Street – 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 S. 9th St. The northbound lane is open between S. 7th St. and I-705. Access to driveways and parking lots is maintained, or alternate parking is provided. From I-705, follow the detour north on Stadium Way or take an earlier exit.

Commerce Street from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. – northbound lane closure during working hours. Crews are installing the underground electrical system and track on Commerce St. between S. 9th St. and S. 7th St. Commerce St. is closed to northbound traffic from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. during working hours. Looking ahead, the contractor plans to install a stormwater system in the Commerce St. and S. 9th St. intersection during the weekend of June 25. This work will close the Commerce St. and S. 9th St. intersection during that weekend. We will provide more information soon.

Division Avenue from Yakima Avenue to MLK Jr. Way – traffic restrictions. Crews are installing lighting along Division Avenue, starting at Yakima Avenue. The contractor may also install signals and foundations for signal poles in this area. Two-way traffic is maintained on Division Avenue. Sidewalks and crosswalks may close temporarily. Please follow the pedestrian detours – thank you.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 19th St. to S. 16th St. – northbound lane closure. Crews are installing curb and gutter on the east side of MLK Jr. Way from S. 19th St. to S. 16th St. The work also will include installing crosswalks and pavement across the cross streets. MLK Jr. Way is closed to northbound traffic from S. 19th St. to S. 16th St. In addition, S. 18th St., S. 17th St., and S. 16th St. are closed on the east side of MLK Jr. Way for a half block. Please follow the detour on S. J St. – thank you. This work is expected to last until late-June in this area, and then crews will continue north on MLK Jr. Way. The contractor will work on Saturdays, starting at 7 a.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 15th St. intersection – traffic restrictions. Later this week, crews will test the recently installed signals at the MLK Jr. Way and S. 15th St. intersection. MLK Jr. Way and S. 15th St. will be open to two-way traffic. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 11th St. intersection – traffic restrictions. Crews are installing signals, lighting and foundations for signal poles at the MLK Jr. Way and S. 11th St. intersection, working in a corner at a time. MLK Jr. Way and S. 11th St. are open to two-way traffic. The sidewalk may be closed on the corner where they're working, so please follow the pedestrian detour. The signals and lighting work at this intersection is expected to take about two weeks, and then crews will do similar work at the Earnest Brazill St. intersection.

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. The contractor advanced the track installation one block west and crossed McKinley Ave. E. Currently, E. 25th St. is closed in both directions between E. G St. and McKinley Avenue E. Please follow the detour on Puyallup Avenue – thank you. The contractor will start installing the cutover tracks in E. 25th St., beginning the night of June 20. This cutover track work will happen around-the-clock, day and night from June 20 to June 30. This work will temporarily close Tacoma Link and all Tacoma Link stations from June 21 - 30. During this time, Sound Transit will provide shuttle bus service to all the closed Tacoma Link stations. 

Puyallup Avenue at E. K Street – left lane closures. The contractor will be moving materials in and out of its laydown yard during the cutover track installation on E. 25th Street from June 20-30. This work will result in left lane closures at Puyallup Avenue and E. K Street on Sunday night, June 20 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and during other times during the June 20-30 timeframe. 

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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 East 25th Street area showing closures and detours.