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Taggers defile artistic wall that borders I-5 through Tacoma

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2007 at 5:40 pm with No Comments »
December 28, 2007 5:40 pm

Sometimes T-town deserves that “gritty” label.

Someone with a can of spray paint already has defiled the “artistic wall” running alongside I-5 through the core of Tacoma.

Jonathan Smith of the TNT sports department reported the damage Friday. He says the grafitti is on the east side of I-5 near the 38th Street interchange. Crews have been putting the finishing touches on the wall (seen here in better times) over the last few weeks.

I called Jamie Swift at DOT to get the lowdown Friday afternoon. Here’s what Swift had to say in an e-mail:

Our maintenance department operates on a tight budget, so the crews do what they can to keep up with all the graffiti on our structures – as time and funding allows.

Tagging is increasingly a problem in the Tacoma area, on SR 16 and I-5.

The artistic wall is part of the 48th to Pacific project, which is ongoing through the spring. Because this is an ongoing project, the contractor, Kiewit Pacific Co., will handle the clean-up of the wall. I couldn’t get a timeline on when the clean-up will occur.

Swift also reports that taggers have hit the new bridge abutments the state constructed recently near the Dome.


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