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WET PAINT ALERT: ROAD STRIPING TAKING PLACE AUGUST 2

Watch for our paint crews out beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday August 2. Here are the usual helpful tips: Avoid following paint vehicles closely and whatever you do, don’t cross over wet paint (look for orange cones left on lines, which are still wet). Allow extra time for travel and traffic delays. And we can’t stress this enough: Please do not pass or turn around over wet paint lines. Thank you for your patience!

UPCOMING I-5 RAMP AND LANE CLOSURES, AUGUST 10-11, 2020

A few minor ramp and lane closures are coming up in Fife. 

NB I-5 lane closures: On the evenings of August 10 and 11, two left lanes on NB I-5 will close, beginning at Port of Tacoma Road, and continuing to 70th Avenue East. The lanes will close at 11 p.m. each night and reopen at 4:30 a.m. 

Ramp closures: On the evenings of August 10 and 11, the 54th Avenue East to SB I-5 on-ramp will close from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each day. 

City street closure: On the evenings of August 10 and 11, one lane southbound on 70th Avenue East will close near 20th Street East from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

Be advised: This project is contingent on weather and other factors. Please check back here for updates. 

TAYLOR WAY PROJECT  

The City of Tacoma started a construction project in July along Taylor Way from East 11th Street to SR 509. There will be paving, utility placement, railroad crossing replacement and more that might lead to some traffic interruptions in and around Fife. This is the beginning of the project with more work to come in the next several months. You can read the full details at the City of Tacoma’s website.  

hylebos bridge inspection- temporary openings/closings

Between July 6 and July 10, The City of Tacoma will be conducting an in-depth inspection of the Hylebos bridge.  You can expect higher than usual openings/closings of the bridge to facilitate the inspection work of this structure. 

Please Contact Steve Carstens at the City of Tacoma with any questions: 253-591-5263 (ofc)|253-328-1506 (cell)|scarstens@cityoftacoma.org

SPEED LIMIT NOTICE ALONG PACIFIC HIGHWAY EAST

Our partners at WSDOT  would like us to pass along that drivers who travel along State Route 99 in Fife will notice a lower speed limit. Drivers will notice a temporary regulatory speed limit reduction along SR 99 in Fife. The speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph for approximately one mile near the 70th Avenue East bridge.

The speed limit reduction will be in place on both directions of SR 99 from milepost 0.40 near 59th Avenue Court East to milepost 1.18 near the 70th Avenue East bridge. Those mileposts are near a Washington State Department of Transportation project to complete SR 167, build a new 70th Avenue East bridge and construct a new roundabout at the SR 99 / 70th Avenue East intersection.
 
The reduced speed limit is the result of a coordinated effort between WSDOT and law enforcement to ensure safe traffic operations during construction. The reduced speed limit will be combined with increased enforcement efforts to encourage compliance.
 
The temporary speed limit reduction will remain in effect until construction is complete in July 2021. It is WSDOT’s intent to evaluate after construction if the speed reduction should become permanent. 
 
Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app. Advance information is available on the Pierce County Construction and Traffic Update web page: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/travel/construction-updates/pierce


COMMUNITY INPUT OPPORTUNITY

The Canyon Road Regional Connection Project is reaching a milestone this year. The River Crossing portion of the project is starting an environmental review process to evaluate how it may affect the built and natural environments. Pierce County launched an online open house where community members can learn more about the project and details of the environmental review. They want to hear what you think they should study in the environmental review.

The River Crossing portion of the project will extend Canyon Road East from 52nd Street East to 70th Avenue East in Fife, enabling an important connection between Frederickson and the Port of Tacoma. These improvements will support the local economy, provide new route options, and reduce travel. The project will identify and mitigate impacts to fish and wildlife habitats, including stream and riparian impacts. Pierce County is conducting the environmental review in accordance with the National and State Environmental Policy Acts (NEPA/SEPA).

You can comment online after exploring the interactive website, or send your comment by email, postal mail or telephone voicemail.

  • Call our 24/7 telephone hotline at (253) 300-5101 and leave a voicemail message
  • Mail comments to:
    Canyon Road Regional Connection Project Environmental Review Public Comments
    Pierce County Planning and Public Works
    Attn: Environmental Resources
    2702 S 42nd St #109
    Tacoma, WA 98409
  • Email comments to the project inbox at canyonroadconnection@piercecountywa.gov   

Looking for a real-time opportunity to learn about the project? Join a virtual town hall on Thursday, July 23 from 7-8 p.m. to hear directly from the project team and discuss the proposed scope of the environmental review. Please RSVP to the virtual town hall here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4eqkyabQQtKycvB7aY_hlA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Visit openhouse.canyonroadconnection.org to learn more and share your comments by August 7. 


ROAD REOPENINGS

I-5 RAMP CLOSURE AT PORT OF TACOMA ROAD AND 20TH STREET EAST IN FIFE, MARCH 6-19, 2020 

Thank you for your patience during the major road closure in Fife for an environmental cleanup. The project began March 6, 2020 and ended four days earlier than projected, on March 19, 2020. All roads have now reopened. The project was a necessary environmental cleanup following a 7,500 gallon fuel spill from a truck that overturned while entering I-5 on August 18, 2016. Shortly after the accident, much of the contaminated soil was removed, but some remained under the roadways. A temporary solution was made at that time to divert runoff water. The time for a permanent solution was March 2020 because the timeframe for the payment for the cleanup was running out. The project was paid for by the insurance company for the overturned truck. The project closed access to I-5 from 20th Street East, limited I-5 on-ramp access on Port of Tacoma Road and closed a stretch of 20th Street East from Industry Drive to beyond Port of Tacoma Road. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this large closure. The contaminated soil has been removed, the road has been repaved and a new culvert was dug. This concludes the project, but those wanting more information about the background of the project, please read this document.

FISHING WARS MEMORIAL BRIDGE HAS REOPENED

The City of Tacoma reopened the city’s Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The bridge closed last year to upgrade and replace the bearings, add new street lighting, add sidewalks and bike lanes and a new gateway structure. Locally, residents traditionally have called it the Puyallup River Bridge, but the Tacoma City Council passed a resolution in May to rename the bridge to Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the City of Tacoma dedicated the bridge on August 9. 

INTERSTATE 5 SOUTHBOUND OFFRAMP HAS REOPEND

Thank you for your patience during the five-day closure of the off-ramp at Exit 136 on Interstate 5. The City of Fife closed the Interstate 5 southbound off-ramp at I-5 and Port of Tacoma Road on October 10, 2019 to accommodate construction of a new I-5 southbound off-ramp. The new southbound off-ramp reopened October 15.

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