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Tacoma’s Stadium Way, the main road from I-705 into the Stadium District, now closed for about a year

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Oct. 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
October 16, 2012 4:12 pm

The year-long closure of Tacoma’s Stadium Way started Monday afternoon.

The first phase of the road’s renovation began this summer, with North First Street near Stadium High School and Commerce Street near Old City Hall closed for months. That’s completed, and now the main work begins. It’s scheduled to be completed in August 2013.

About a half-dozen readerboards on the main routes feeding Stadium Way have carried news of the closure for two weeks, said City of Tacoma project manager Mark D’Andrea. Businesses and homes in the area also have been sent mailers.

“We have police officers out there through this week just to help people get used to the new traffic patterns,” he said.

It’s all part of a $10.2 million project to upgrade the road that runs along the bluff overlooking Commencement Bay. Dating to the 1920s, Stadium Way is now marked by broken sidewalks and stretches of caved-in pavement, built on junk-riddled fill material at the edge of a slide-prone hillside.

When construction is completed next year, the upgraded scenic route will feature three bench-lined overlooks, a resurfaced road, new sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes. Flashing pedestrian beacons for road crossings, ornamental lighting, planters and trees, a rain garden and several other green-friendly trappings round out the project’s public amenities.

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