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Tacoma Link to reopen on July 1

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Crews are working carefully in the extreme heat and will take a little longer to complete the cutover track installation on E. 25th Street. Therefore, Tacoma Link will reopen on July 1. In the meantime, passengers can ride a free shuttle bus to all the Tacoma Link stations. Thank you for your patience and stay cool! 

Crews completed the stormwater work in the S. 9th St. and Commerce St. intersection. The contractor discovered an old steam pipe on Commerce St., and is removing contaminated material. Then, crews will continue installing the stormwater system on Commerce St. from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. In addition, crews are installing track, electrical systems, and the Old City Hall Station on Commerce Street. 

On Martin Luther King Jr. Way, crews are completing the curb and gutter work on the east side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 19th St. to S. 16th St., and will move to the area between S. 16th St. and S. 13th St. as soon as tomorrow, June 29. In addition, crews are installing signals at the S. 11th St. and MLK Jr. Way intersection. On Division Avenue, crews are installing signals from Yakima Avenue to MLK Jr. Way. 

Looking ahead, the contractor plans to install signals in the MLK Jr. Way and 6th Avenue intersection and track in the Stadium Way and Division Avenue intersection in mid-July. Crews will not be working during the 4th of July weekend. Happy 4th of July!

COVID-19. The health and safety of all workers on Sound Transit's construction sites are of utmost importance to us. Our contractors have primary responsibility for their wellbeing while working on our projects.  Sound Transit is actively working with the contractors and construction management teams on all our projects to assure that public health guidelines are being followed. 

What

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

When

Week of June 28

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. Crews will start building the platform for the Old City Hall Station. 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 a stormwater system, electrical systems and track on Commerce St. between S. 9th St. and S. 7th St. Northbound Commerce St. is closed to the travelling public from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. during working hours (generally from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the work hours can vary). Commerce St. is open to local traffic to access driveways and parking garages/lots.

Division Avenue from I Street to MLK Jr. Way – traffic restrictions. Crews are installing lighting along Division Avenue, going from I Street to MLK Jr. Way. 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. The contractor plans to move to the Division and J St. intersection after the 4th of July weekend.

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., and expect to complete this work today, June 28. Currently, MLK Jr. Way is closed to northbound traffic from S. 19th St. to S. 16th St., and S. 18th St. is closed on the east side of MLK Jr. Way for a half block. Please follow the detour on S. J St. – thank you. The streets are expected to open at the end of the day today.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 16th St. to S. 13th St. – traffic restrictions. Crews will start installing curb and gutter on the east side of MLK Jr. Way from S. 16th St. to S. 13th St., as soon as Tuesday, June 29. Martin Luther King Jr. Way will be open to two-way traffic. Parking will not be available on either side of the street in this area. The side streets may close, as work occurs across these streets. 

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. and 6th Avenue intersections.

East 25th Street from E. G St. to McKinley Ave. – street closure. Crews are installing cutover track on E. 25th St. from E. G St. to the Operations and Maintenance Facility. 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. This cutover track work will happen around-the-clock, day and night (24-hour construction) from June 20 to June 30. This work will temporarily close Tacoma Link from June 21 - 30. During this time, Sound Transit will provide free shuttle bus service to all the closed Tacoma Link stations. Tacoma Link will open again on July 1.

East 25th Street from McKinley Ave. to E. J St. – eastbound lane closure. E. 25th St. is closed to eastbound traffic in front of the expanded Operations and Maintenance Facility for track installation, underground electrical work, and curb and gutter work. Please follow the detour on Puyallup Ave.

More

  • 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 construction work and traffic impacts on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.