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Entrance to Stadium Way, next to The Harvester and Stadium High School, to open this week

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2012 at 8:21 am |
August 31, 2012 8:22 am

The first part of the $10.2 million renovation of Tacoma’s Stadium Way is almost complete, the City of Tacoma reports, with plans to reopen the north end of Stadium Way this week.

The road will open on time for school to start next week, the city said in a news release. Final touches, like landscaping, ornamental lighting and other improvements will be installed later based on the season, or as the materials become available, it said.

Work began this summer on the north end of the road and the south end, around Commerce Street in downtown. That portion of the project is taking a little longer. The goal was to finish by mid-September, project manager Mark D’Andrea said, but crews ran into issues in the area, which has infrastructure that’s about 100 years old.

“We encountered a number of unforeseen obstacles, including underground storage tanks, asbestos covered pipe, and power lines buried in, as well as immediately below, the existing sidewalk,” he said in an email.

That slowed down demolition and removal, and pushed the estimated completion date to mid-October – around the same time work is scheduled to begin on the main portion of the road that runs along the bluff overlooking Commencement Bay.

For more information about the Stadium Way Arterial Project, go to www.cityoftacoma.org/StadiumWay.

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