Utility work at Division Avenue from J Street to K Street occurs in August

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The contractor will start installing utilities in Division Avenue from J Street to K Street, as soon as Aug. 5. The work is expected to take 4 weeks, including working during the day and night on the weekends of Aug. 9 and Aug. 23. During the week, the eastbound lane on Division Avenue will be open. On the two weekends, the Division Avenue and J Street intersection will be completely closed. The contractor obtained a noise variance from the City of Tacoma for the night-time work during the two weekends. Crews will not work during the weekend of August 2.

In Hilltop, crews will continue working on utilities at the Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 11th Street intersection and on MLK Jr. Way from S. 17th Street to S. 18th Street. The contractor continues to install Link power poles on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 10th Street to S. 13th St.

In the Stadium District, the contractor continues to install stormwater pipes and structures underground at the N. Tacoma Ave. and N. 1st Street intersection. In the N. 1st St./N. E Street closure near Stadium High School, crews continue to prepare the street for rail installation. On Stadium Way, the contractor plans to install more rail in between Division Avenue and S. 4th Street.

In addition, the contractor is coordinating with Tacoma Public Utilities to connect some customers to the new water line on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. TPU is scheduling the water service connections with customers. These TPU final connections also involve some construction work. 

What

Construction and traffic restrictions on Division Avenue, N. J Street, N. Tacoma Way,  Stadium Way, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, S. 11th Street, and S. 18th Street

When

Week of August 5

Where

Division Avenue from J Street to K Street – lane closure and then intersection closure on the weekend. The contractor will start installing underground utilities on Division Ave. from J St. to K St. This work will take about 4 weeks. Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 7, the westbound lane on Division Ave. will be closed between J and K Streets during weekdays. On the weekends of August 9 and August 23, the Division Ave. and J St. intersection will be completely closed. Follow detours on I St., 6th Ave., and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The weekend work can take place day and night (continuous construction). The contractor obtained a noise variance from the City of Tacoma to do night-time work on the two weekends.

N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection – lane restrictions. On Monday, Aug. 5, the contractor plans to move to the north side of the N. Tacoma Avenue and N. 1st Street intersection to do water line work. Then crews will work on traffic signals and electrical work. N. 1st Street will be open to two-way traffic. Two-way traffic is maintained on N. Tacoma Ave. The Harvester Restaurant has parking on Broadway. This part of the utility work in the intersection is expected to take another 1-2 weeks. The construction in the N. Tacoma Ave. and N. 1st St. intersection is planned to continue through the summer during the same time as the closure in front of Stadium High School. Crews are working on Saturdays.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 11th Street intersection – southbound lane closure at S. 10th St. Crews continue to install underground utilities at the intersection of MLK Jr. Way and S. 11th St. The southbound  lane of MLK Jr. Way is closed at S. 10th Street to about a half block south of S. 11th St. In addition, S. 11th St. is closed on the west side of MLK Jr. Way. During non-working hours, MLK Jr. Way will be open to two-way traffic, and parking will be available. The utility work in this intersection is expected to last through this week and then move to MLK Jr. Way and 13th St.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 18th Street intersection – southbound lane closure. Crews are installing stormwater pipes and structures at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. 18th Street. The southbound lane of MLK Jr. Way is closed from S. 17th Street to S. 18th Street. S. 18th Street is closed on the east side of MLK Jr. Way for less than a half block. Please follow the detour on S. J Street. The work in this location is expected to take another three weeks. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Way between S. 10th St. and S. 13th St. – lane restrictions. Crews continue building foundations for the Link power poles on MLK Jr. Way. They are working in the west side of MLK Jr. Way from 10th St. going south to S. 13th St. They may be working in the same area as the crews at MLK Jr. Way and S. 11th St.

Stadium Way between Division Avenue and N. Tacoma Avenue – street closed. Stadium Way/N. E Street/N. 1st Street is closed to traffic just north of Division Avenue to N. Tacoma Avenue. Construction will last the entire summer break to about September 4. Please follow detour routes on Stadium Way, N. 1st Street, Division Avenue, N. E Street, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue. To access the Rankos and Platinum Salon parking lots, take N. 2nd Street to N. E Street. Several crews are working in this area at the same time. Crews are working on Saturdays. 

Stadium Way from Division to 4th Street: southbound lane closure; use detours. Stadium Way is closed to southbound traffic from Division Avenue to the 4th Street. Crews installed the first track on Stadium Way south of Division Avenue. After the test track is approved, crews will install the next rail segment below this area. Work on the traction power substation is on hold while the project team evaluates the new drainage system on the hillside. In addition, crews are installing foundations for the Link power poles. 

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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.
  • 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.
Map of weekday work at Division and J Street.
Map of weekday work.
Map of weekend work at Division and J Street.
Map of weekend work.