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Starting Tuesday, May 28, southbound lanes of Tacoma’s Schuster Parkway will close

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on May 23, 2013 at 11:13 am with No Comments »
May 23, 2013 11:13 am

As part of the major renovation of Tacoma’s Stadium Way, the southbound lanes of Schuster Parkway will be closed during daytime hours for about six weeks.

Beginning May 28, both southbound lanes of Schuster Parkway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In the evening, one southbound lane will re-open. Northbound lanes will be unaffected, according to a news release from the City of Tacoma.

People driving from the city’s North End, Old Town and Stadium District neighborhoods will have to find an alternate way to get onto Interstate 705 during this time. The city’s detour route will take drivers down South 4th Street to Dock Street, looping back west into downtown for access to I-705 via South 15th Street.

A map is helpful:

Detour map courtesy of the City of Tacoma.
Detour map courtesy of the City of Tacoma.

A larger version of this map can be found here at the City’s website.

Last year the city embarked on a $13 million renovation of the almost century old road. The first phase of work on the north and south ends of the road were completed last year. Now the project is in phase two, which deals with the long stretch of the road between I-705 and Division Avenue.

This road closure is happening so work crews can shore up an existing retaining wall, giving it seismic upgrades to allow it to better withstand an earthquake.

The Schuster Parkway sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians for two to three weeks during the road closure, the city said, though it did not specify exactly when. Signs will notify pedestrians when the sidewalk is closed, according to the release, and the detour for pedestrians will be the same as the one for drivers.

The contractor also will not be working July 4 to July 7 for the Independence Day holiday.  The sidewalk and one southbound lane will remain open at all times during this period, the city said.

Go to www.cityoftacoma.org/stadiumway to learn more about the project.

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