Road near Lake Tapps Park reopens following public safety improvement project

A significant road closure related to a public works project near Lake Tapps Park was lifted nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, Pierce County officials announced last week.

A 1,500-foot stretch of 9th Street East, between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East, was reconstructed to enhance safety by re-aligning and regrading the roadway to increase sight distances; widening the lanes to 12 feet; adding six-foot paved shoulders; installing guardrails along the roadway between Hille and Bowman lakes; and adding stormwater facilities.

The road closure was needed in order to allow the project contractor, SCI Infrastructure, to excavate and then rebuild the roadway at a lower elevation. Crews excavated approximately 17,000 cubic yards (or about 1,500 truckloads) of soil while completing the project.

Pierce County awarded the $883,000 contract to SCI Infrastructure in April. The road was closed on Mon., June 23, and was expected to be closed until approximately the middle of this month. However, the road reopened to traffic on Tues., Aug. 5. Crews will continue to work along the roadway through September in order to allow crews to complete planting preparation aspects of the project. Periodic lane restrictions are expected during that time.

In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration awarded a $500,000 grant to Pierce County to help pay for the project. The project is also being paid for using Pierce County Road Funds.

More information is available online at piercecountywa.org/9th.