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Downtown Construction and Projects

COVID-19 UPDATE: Construction and work may be altered, delayed, or halted as COVID-19 guidelines change. 

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 Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program is a series of projects that build high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-5, SR 16 and SR 167 in Pierce County. Currently, the East L Street overpass is closed to pedestrian, vehicular, and bicycle traffic until fall 2021. WORK OFFICIALLY SUSPENDED UNTIL MAY 4, 2020.

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. Closures can change weekly during construction. Updates on closures can be found here.

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. Closures also change weekly- updates can be found here.

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/State Route 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 – The Schuster Parkway Promenade will provide an inviting, safe, and convenient connection between downtown and Ruston Way. Planning, design alternatives and traffic analysis completed. Still 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 – WSDOT, in partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the cities of Fife, Puyallup, and Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma and Pierce County, is studying options to create a new regional trail connecting communities between downtown Tacoma and downtown Puyallup. The Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail (T2P) Route Analysis is evaluating three options for the new trail. The analysis is expected to be completed in early-mid 2020.

Pipeline Trail (Phase 3) – This project will construct a 1.4 mile trail segment that includes a 12-foot wide asphalt surface, two-foot gravel shoulders on each side, new access control gates at existing Public Utility Department service entries, LED lighting, three pedestrian activated signals, water quality facilities, way-finding signage, benches, and a permanent counting device. Construction began June 2019.

View all City of Tacoma Construction Projects.


Prairie Line Trail – City of Tacoma portion completed fall 2019! The City of Tacoma is now working with four artist teams and a website design team to complete implementation of four new art pieces along the trail.

Pipeline Trail (Phase 2) – Completed June 2019! Phase 3 will be the final installment of the Pipeline Trail project.


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