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Traffic alert: Expect minor traffic disruptions overnight as the City of Tacoma continues work on its Taylor Way rehabilitation project. Construction will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., overnight, through the end of July. The work will take place near the area of Taylor Way and SR 509. Please find alternate routes and thank you for your patience as this work is completed. For more information on this City of Tacoma project, visit cityoftacoma.org/taylorway.
Here’s a long-term construction project that’s starting in Fife on July 26, 2021. In partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Port of Tacoma will begin construction on the Lower Wapato Creek Habitat Project. This project consists of two primary fish and wetland habitat restoration elements. The project area is located between 12th Street East and SR 509.
• Work for this project begins July 26, 2021 and continues through February 2022
• The project will restore stream and wetland habitat with native plants. The project will re-establish stream and wetland habitat on approximately 20 acres of tidally influenced estuary and fish bearing stream.
• The project also will replace the 12th Street Wapato Creek culverts with a bridge
• The work will result in a closure of 12th Street East, from 46th Avenue East to Alexander Avenue East, for the bridge work. That closure is expected from July 26, 2021 through February 2022. Access will be provided to local residents.
More info at: https://www.portoftacoma.com/environment/habitat-restoration/lower-wapato-creek-habitat-project
Pedestrians and cyclists in Fife can now safely cross I-5 with the debut of a shared-use path on the new Wapato Way East Bridge. The new path opened July 23. This path is part of the WSDOT Wapato Way East Bridge project that added a bridge over I-5 and a roundabout in Fife. The new 12-feet wide path is safer because it is a dedicated and barrier-separated path used only by pedestrians and cyclists. Here’s what else you should know: WSDOT replaced the old Interurban Trail parking lot with a new one and extended the Interurban Trail to connect from the east side of the new bridge across I-5 to the west side of the bridge. The path connects to new roundabout sidewalks and will eventually be part of a 2.5 mile shared-use path to Tacoma that will be completed by early 2026. Get out and enjoy these new amenities!
Here’s what else you should know about the project. After 18 months of construction, the new Wapato Way East Bridge over I-5 in Fife opened on Monday, June 28! The new four-lane bridge doubled the capacity of the old 70th Avenue East Bridge, which was permanently closed to vehicular traffic on June 25, 2021.
There is some additional work needed to the new bridge and pedestrian and bicycle access, which is expected to be completed around mid-summer.
Watch a video from WSDOT on the new Wapato Way East Bridge and the future SR 167 here - https://youtu.be/P-k_ENoBT-U
Once the Wapato Way East Bridge is fully open and construction is complete, motorists will have:
Questions? Visit the WSDOT project page at https://wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/completion/construction
Here are a few things to know about the new roundabout and bridge:
A few tips on how to drive a roundabout: https://wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/default.htm
A handy guide to print out: https://wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2014/09/23/webRoundabout_Folio_Statewide_English_040615.pdf
A five-part video series about driving a roundabout: https://wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/default.htm#learnmore
Learn more about how roundabouts work and how they improve traffic circulation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-olqiG42Ud4
How to drive a roundabout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2nQ__1YJps
Bellingham roundabout traffic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFBuwIV4isg
Here is what not to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDaQZUzJCNM
WSDOT Project website -- https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR167/completion/default.htm
A WSDOT project PDF with a deep dive into the details - https://wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020/12/02/SR167-Fall2020-Newsletter.pdf
The WSDOT construction website -- https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr167/completion/construction
The WSDOT construction cameras -- https://app.oxblue.com/open/atkinson/WSDOT
The WSDOT Roundabout Blog -- https://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/coming-around-to-roundabouts-on-sr-99.html
Our partners at WSDOT would like us to pass along that drivers who travel along State Route 99 in Fife will notice a lower speed limit. Drivers will notice a temporary regulatory speed limit reduction along SR 99 in Fife. The speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph for approximately one mile near the 70th Avenue East Bridge.