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Downtown Construction and Projects

We know that getting around downtown changes regularly. We also know that you want to stay informed about improvements to downtown. We’ll let you know what’s happening and keep you up to date on how to stay “on the go!”


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I-5 HOV Project – Local Bridge Closures – The South Sprague Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed through the spring, beginning early April 2019. The eastbound ramp to South 38th Street will be closed in April 2019.

Sound Transit’s Hilltop Tacoma Link Expansion – This project more than doubles the length of the Tacoma Link, starting with a relocated Theater District Station, and adding six new stations. Tracks run in existing road lanes and are compatible with on-street parking and bicycle facilities. Platforms are located on the center roadway. The project also includes expansion of the Operations and Maintenance Facility located on East 25th Street to accommodate five new light rail vehicles.

  • Tacoma Dome Link Extension – Connects Pierce County to the regional light rail network, including direct access to SEATAC and downtown Seattle, with stations at Tacoma Domes, East Tacoma, Fife, and South Federal Way. This extension serves as a multi-modal transit hub, with transfer options to and from Sounder service, Tacoma Link, Amtrak, and Pierce Transit and Sound Transit buses.

Prairie Line Trail – (City of Tacoma portion) Phase 2 under construction.

Pierce Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit – Pierce Transit is studying the feasibility of implementing Bus Rapid Transit along a 14.4-mile corridor on Pacific Avenue | SR 7 between downtown Tacoma and Spanaway. BRT systems are designed to carry larger numbers of riders with greater speed, reliability and frequency than a standard fixed-route bus.

Schuster Parkway Corridor Project – Planning, design alternatives and traffic analysis completed. Awaiting for funding and/or grants.

Tahoma to Tacoma Trail Network Study – Report unveiled March 2016 covering methods, alignment, benefits, and the Pipeline Trail connector. The completed corridor and the entirety of the trail network remains a concept and specific alignments have yet to be determined.

Tacoma to Puyallup Trail Connection –  Working with WSDOT on a route analysis study. This study will be funded through a partnership between cohort member organizations and WSDOT, with in-kind support from the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest, Downtown On the Go and ForeverGreen Trails. The study is anticipated to take approximately nine months and be completed in 2019.

Pipeline Trail – (Phase 2) The City of Tacoma is working to design and build a section of the trail that will connect the Tacoma Dome Transit Center to the paved section of the trail near First Creek Middle School and Swan Creek Park. Construction on this section of the trail was scheduled to begin in spring 2018. Traffic and pedestrian control will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

View all City of Tacoma Construction Projects.


Tacoma Trestle – Completed 2018!

Prairie Line Trail (City of Tacoma portion) – Phase 1 completed 2018!

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