Construction alert: Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension

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Construction alert

Map of traffic impacts and detours for light rail construction in Tacoma.

Construction on the Tacoma General Station begins; Emergency Department and hospital access is open

Starting today, Dec. 13, crews will start building the Tacoma General Station in Martin Luther King Jr. Way, south of S. 3rd St. Access will be open to the Emergency Department, hospitals and medical centers. To access the Emergency Department, follow MLK Jr. Way north from 6th Avenue or south from Division Ave. To access Kaiser Permanente, follow S. J St. to S. 3rd St. Please allow a little extra time to reach your appointment – thank you. MLK Jr. Way will be closed near Tacoma General's main entrance to S. 3rd St. The travelling public would follow the detour on S. J St.

Crews continue installing the 6th Avenue Station and curb and gutter on the east side of MLK Jr. Way from S. 9th St. to 6th Ave. MLK Jr. Way is closed from S. 9th St. to 6th Ave., and is closed to thru-traffic to Division Ave. Please follow the detour on S. J St. and allow extra time to reach your destination. Crews also are installing curb and gutter on the west side of MLK Jr. Way from S. 13th St. to S. 16th St. and on the north side of Division Avenue from MLK Jr. Way to Yakima Ave. Two-way traffic on MLK Jr. Way and Division Ave is maintained in these areas.

Crews will start installing the wires over the tracks on N. 1st St. and Stadium Way (as far south as the traction power substation) at night, starting tonight, Dec. 13. During this night-time work, N. 1st St. will be closed from Yakima Ave to the crosswalk, and Stadium Way will be closed to southbound traffic from Broadway to the traction power substation. Parking will not be available on either side of the street at night. N. 1st St., Stadium Way and the parking will be open during the day. In addition, crews will install fiber optic wires underground along the route at night. This fiber work may close a lane at night.

The building for the traction power substation near MLK Jr. Way and S. 16th St. will arrive on Dec. 14, and the building for the traction power substation on S. 8th St. will arrive on Dec. 15. S. 8th St. will be closed from MLK Jr. Way to S. L St. on Dec. 15.

Commerce St. is closed southbound from S. 7th St. to S. 9th St. while crews install sidewalk and repair the street during working hours (generally 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The contractor plans to temporarily pave E. 25th St. next week.

What

Construction and traffic restrictions at Commerce Street, Division Avenue, N. 1st St., Stadium Way, S. 7th Street, S. 8th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and E. 25th Street.

When

Week of Dec. 13

Where

  • Commerce Street from S. 7th St. to S. 9th St. – southbound lane closure during working hours (generally 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • N 1st St. from Yakima Ave to the crosswalk – full street closure at night, starting Dec. 13.
  • Stadium Way from Broadway to south of Division Ave – southbound lane closure at night, starting Dec. 13.
  • Division Avenue from MLK Jr. Way to Yakima Ave – traffic restrictions.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 6th Avenue to Division Ave – northbound lane closure to thru-traffic. Access open to Emergency Department, hospitals and medical facilities.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 9th St. to 6th Avenue – northbound lane closure. Follow detour on S. J St.
  • S. 7th St. and MLK Jr. Way intersection – intersection closed east of MLK Jr. Way.
  • S. 8th St. from MLK Jr. Way to S. L St – street closure on Dec. 15.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way from S. 16th St. to S. 13th St. – traffic restrictions.
  • E. 25th Street from E. G St. to E. J St. – eastbound lane closure.

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 removing pavement and operating equipment.
  • 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.

Contact us

Outreach Specialist: liz.ellis@soundtransit.org or 253-208-0586
After-hours construction hotline: 888-298-2395

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