WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) secured $2,000,000 as part of the INVEST in America Act for the Puyallup Avenue Transit/Complete Street Improvements Project in the City of Tacoma.

“The Puyallup Avenue corridor improvements in Tacoma will bring this segment of crucial infrastructure into the 21st century,” said City of Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Our plan to renovate the roadway to accommodate multi-modal transportation, mass transit, and heavy haul traffic all in one facility will help facilitate transit-oriented development near Tacoma Dome Station, while also addressing freight needs serving the Port of Tacoma. The City of Tacoma is excited to see our project included in this important legislation and we thank Congressman Smith for being our champion.”

This project would reconstruct 1.2 miles of Puyallup Avenue from S. C Street to Portland Avenue, to include heavy haul asphalt and concrete pavement, new signals, bicycle facilities, sidewalks/curb ramps, crosswalks, lighting, and other complete street elements. As this project supports one of the largest Transit Oriented Districts in the State, it will include Tacoma’s first HOV/Transit lane running eastbound from Pacific Avenue to Portland Avenue.

The Tacoma Dome Transit Station, located on Puyallup Avenue, provides connections with Sound Transit (Express buses, Tacoma LINK Light Rail, the Sounder Express train, and the future light rail to Sea-Tac airport, Pierce Transit, Greyhound, Intercity Transit, and Amtrak). Project improvements will support access to these local, regional, and nationwide services.

The project will provide defined and planned multi-modal access across the corridor. This includes providing bicycle facilities and bicycle signals where there are none today, widened sidewalks, improved ADA access, pedestrian scale lighting, and improved pedestrian movement at both signalized and uncontrolled and mid-block crossings. These facilities will tie into local and regional facilities that serve the city, Port of Tacoma, and multi-county trail systems.

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