Pedestrians and cyclists in Tacoma may notice infrastructure improvements along city streets and sidewalks.
According to City of Tacoma officials, work recently wrapped on the so-called Bikeways and Pedestrian Improvement Project, which spans more than 13 miles — from South 96th Street and Park Avenue South, through downtown Tacoma along Fawcett Avenue to North 26th and Stevens streets — and includes 58 new pedestrian ramps, two miles of bike lanes, 296 sharrows, five pedestrian islands, and 15 improved intersection crossings. The project dates back four years when it was included as part of the City of Tacoma’s Mobility Master Plan. City staff secured more than $1.85 million in grants to pay for the project, which completes the highest four priority projects called for by residents in the Mobility Master Plan, as well as completes 10 percent of all its outlined improvements.
“These improvements create a more comfortable and pleasant experience,” said City of Tacoma Active Transportation Coordinator Diane Wiatr. “We think it’s going to facilitate more people walking or riding a bicycle. You’ll save money, improve your health and protect air quality when you move on your own power.”
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and former U.S. Representative Norm Dicks will mark the project’s completion during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thurs., Sept. 4, at 5 p.m., in Wright Park. Visitors will be invited to participate in a 1.5-mile walk with Mayor Strickland and Downtown on the Go representatives; a 3.5-mile bike ride to the Lincoln District with Tacoma City Councilmembers Lauren Walker and Marty Campbell; or a three-mile bike ride to the Proctor District with Tacoma City Councilmembers David Boe and Robert Thoms.
More information is available online at cityoftacoma.org.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index’s complete and comprehensive coverage of the City of Tacoma’s Mobility Master Plan, click on the following links:
- City Hall News: Bikeways improvement project, Legislative update, and Chancellor Friedman Day (Tacoma Daily Index, January 31, 2014)
- Tacoma seeks bids for bikeway improvement project (Tacoma Daily Index, December 18, 2013)
- City Council OKs accepting 16 grants, $31M for 12 Tacoma road projects (Tacoma Daily Index, May 16, 2013)
- 16 grants net $31M for Tacoma infrastructure projects (Tacoma Daily Index, April 30, 2013)
- City Council to vote on $1.25M for Tacoma bike, pedestrian trail (Tacoma Daily Index, December 4, 2012)
- Tacoma awarded $1M grant for bike, pedestrian corridor upgrades (Tacoma Daily Index, August 8, 2012)
- Tacoma named ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’ (Tacoma Daily Index, May 15, 2012 by Index Staff)
- Tacoma Wins VISION 2040 Award for Mobility Master Plan (Tacoma Daily Index, September 1, 2011)