Track installation on Division Avenue near Wright Park begins this week

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Crews will start installing track on Division Avenue from Yakima Avenue to I Street near Wright Park as soon as Thursday, Jan. 14. The contractor also will install track on the section of N. 1st St. near the triangle. During this work, Division Ave. will be closed to eastbound traffic from I St. to S. G St., and closed to westbound traffic near the triangle. Please follow the detour on N. 1st St., Division Ave., S. I St., 6th Ave, and St. Helens – thank you. To access Kaiser Permanente and Tacoma General from Stadium Way, continue on Stadium Way to N. 1st St. to Division Ave. 

Along the existing Tacoma Link route, crews will survey the condition of the electrical fiber in underground vaults. Crews will conduct the fiber survey at night, starting tonight, Jan 11. Work hours are 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. This survey will take about two weeks.

Crews continue installing track on the east side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Tacoma General and Mary Bridge hospitals, including across 5th St. and 6th Avenue. Access is open to hospitals, medical centers and the emergency department. To access the Emergency Department, please follow Martin Luther King Jr. Way south from Division Avenue and turn left at S. 5th St. Enter at S. 5th St. and exit through the alley to 6th Avenue. Please allow extra time to reach your destination – thank you. 

In other areas, the contractor is installing a sewer line on Commerce St., the raceway and track on E. 25th St. near the Operations and Maintenance Facility, and the traction power substation along Stadium Way. 

Looking ahead, crews plan to install signals and lighting at the MLK Jr. Way and S. 11th St. intersection, starting the week of Jan 18. 

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What

Construction and traffic restrictions at Commerce Street, N. 1st Street, Division Avenue, I Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 6th Avenue, S. 17th Street, S. 18th Street, and E. 25th Street.

When

Week of January 11

Where

  • Commerce Street from S. 9th Street to the crosswalk north of the Theater District Station – street closure during the day; southbound closure at night. Crews are installing a sewer line on Commerce St. from S. 9th St. to the crosswalk just north of the Theater District Station. During working hours, Commerce St. is closed in both directions between S. 9th St. and the crosswalk north of the Theater District Station. During non-working hours, Commerce St. is open to northbound traffic. Please follow the detour route on S. 7th St., S. 9th St., and Pacific Ave. Access will be open to the parking garages and driveways on Commerce St.  
  • Stadium Way from Division Ave. to S. 4th Street – lane restrictions. Crews are working on the traction power substation along Stadium Way. The traffic lane closest to this work is closed to allow truck access to this site. Crews will do a concrete pour this week for the traction power substation. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Stadium Way. 
  • Division Avenue and I Street intersection – lane restrictions. Crews are installing temporary lighting and signals at the Division Ave and I St. intersection. The contractor will lay asphalt at one of the corners on Wed, Jan. 13, and then will complete this work. During this time, Division Ave and I St. will continue to be open to two-way traffic. 
  • Division Avenue from Yakima Avenue to I Street – lane closures. Crews will start installing track on Division Avenue from Yakima Avenue to I Street near Wright Park as soon as Thursday, Jan. 14. The contractor also will install track on the section of N. 1st St. near the triangle. During this work, Division Ave. will be closed to eastbound traffic from I St. to S. G St., and closed to westbound traffic near the triangle. Please follow the detour on N. 1st St., Division Ave., S. I St., 6th Ave, and St. Helens – thank you. To access Kaiser Permanente and Tacoma General from Stadium Way, continue on Stadium Way to N. 1st St. to Division Ave. 
  • N. 1st Street from G St. to Yakima Ave – lane closure. As part of the track installation on Division Avenue, crews also will install the curved rail from Division Ave. to N. 1st St. N. 1st St. will be closed to northbound traffic near the triangle.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 7th St. to Jackson Hall – northbound lane closure. Crews are installing track on the east side of Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 7th St. to Jackson Hall, and MLK Jr. Way is closed to northbound traffic from S. 7th St. to Jackson Hall. The contractor will pour concrete around the tracks across half of 5th St. on Jan. 12 and then across the other half of 5th St on Jan. 14. Access to the emergency department is open at all times. To access Tacoma General’s Emergency Department, follow MLK Jr. Way south from Division Avenue and turn left at 5th St. The detour route is S. J St. Please allow extra time to reach your destination – thank you. The contractor plans to open this section of MLK Jr. Way by Jan. 26.
  • 6th Avenue east of MLK Jr. Way – intersection closure to the alley. Crews are installing track on the east side of MLK Jr. Way across 6th Avenue, closing 6th Avenue on the east side of MLK Jr. Way to the alley. Please follow the detour route: S. 9th St., S. J St., Division Ave., and Sprague Ave. The contractor plans to open 6th Avenue by Jan 22.
  • S. 17th Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Way—intersection closure. The rail that will be installed in the street is stored on the east side of MLK Jr. Way across S. 17th St. The S. 17th St. and MLK Jr. Way intersection is closed until this rail is installed.
  • East 25th Street from E. G St. to E. J St. – eastbound lane closure. Crews are installing the underground electrical raceway on E. 25th St. near the Operations and Maintenance Facility, closing E. 25th St. to eastbound traffic between E. G St. and E. J St. Please follow the detour on Puyallup Avenue. After this work, crews will continue the track installation work in this area.

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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. 
Construction map for Division Ave closures, Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension

 

Construction map for 6th Ave Track Installation, Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension