The City of Tacoma will mark the completion of the second phase of the historic Water Flume Line Trail during a public ceremony next week.
The trail (formerly known as the Water Ditch Trail) was originally part of a 110-year-old system that crossed Tacoma and extended to Mt. Rainier. The City broke ground on the first phase of the restoration project in 2008, and completed that phase — which included rebuilding a section of the historic trail to modern bikeway standards featuring a 10-foot asphalt path with two feet of crushed rock shoulders — one year later (see “Phase one Historic Water Ditch Trail complete,” Tacoma Daily Index, March 5, 2009). Phases three and four of the overall project between Pine Street and C Street are being designed now and are the final links in the trail to connect South Tacoma with the Tacoma Dome area, downtown Tacoma, and Thea Foss Waterway.
The project is part of the City’s effort to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along the South Tacoma Way Corridor by restoring the 6.5-mile trail.
The recently completed second phase, 1.8-mile portion is anchored at both ends by parks and includes construction of ADA accessible curb ramps, traffic signals for safer crossings, reconstruction of hazardous sidewalks, interpretive and wayfinding signs, energy conserving LED lighting, benches, and bike racks. The public celebration to mark the completion of the project’s second phase will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Weds., April 29, at 7411 S. Cedar St. in Tacoma. The event will include a trail dedication, ribbon-cutting ceremony with elected officials and special guests, and bike rides and walks on the newly reconstructed trail.
“This marks a turning point from vision to reality which is reason for much celebration,” said Tacoma City Councilmember Lauren Walker. “The trail is a critical element in the City’s active transportation system.”
“By connecting schools, parks, business districts, and the regional transportation systems to the places people live, this trail will serve Tacoma well,” added Tacoma City Councilmember Joe Lonergan. “It’s exciting to have the completion of this beautiful transportation corridor through South Tacoma.”
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the historic Water Flume Line Trail, click on the following links:
- Tacoma Bid Watch: Gangs, graffiti, and South Tacoma Way / Water Ditch Trail upgrades (Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 9, 2014)
- Key Tacoma, Pierce County transportation projects awarded regional grants (Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 30, 2014)
- Tacoma, BNSF Railway reach agreement on downtown Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, Aug. 29, 2014)
- City Hall News: Foss Waterway children’s park, strategic plan update, and Tacoma Dome Wi-Fi (Tacoma Daily Index, May 9, 2014)
- Tacoma seeks $27M in grants for 11 transportation improvement projects (Tacoma Daily Index, May 7, 2014)
- Tacoma, BNSF reach agreements on Prairie Line Trail, North Access Road projects (Tacoma Daily Index, April 28, 2014)
- 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 OKs $4M in South Tacoma Way upgrades (Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 16, 2013)
- Nearly $4M in street improvements ahead for South Tacoma Way (Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 8, 2013)
- New Pierce County bike map is here (Tacoma Daily Index, July 5, 2011)
- $465K boost for historic Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, April 1, 2011)
- Tacoma seeks artists for Prairie Line Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, Feb. 1, 2011)
- Prairie Line Trail design workshop Aug. 9 (Tacoma Daily Index, Aug. 5, 2010)
- Phase one Historic Water Ditch Trail complete (Tacoma Daily Index, March 5, 2009)
- City, railroad deal could open downtown Prairie Line trail (Tacoma Daily Index, June 19, 2008)
- Resolution would establish agreement to construct first phase of Historic Water Ditch Trail (Tacoma Daily Index, May 12, 2008)