The end is near for the construction zones along 27th Street and Bridgeport Way that are adding sidewalks bike lanes and streetlights at the key intersection.
The work is at the center of the city’s road-improvement efforts to make streets in the north end of University Place safer for motorists and pedestrians. While the city has added more than 30 miles of sidewalks and bike lanes since incorporation 20 years ago, much of that work was done south of 27th Steet until now.
Work on Bridgeport includes construction of curb, gutter, sidewalks, bike lanes, storm drainage improvements as well as the addition of irrigation and landscaping, street lights, and traffic signal as well as a new water main from 19th to 27th.
Construction along 27th Street includes the addition of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes, storm drainage improvements, streetlights, landscaping, a pedestrian crossing signal and a water main replacement on 27th Street West from Bridgeport Way to Regents Boulevard.
The current work was made possible because of the city receiving a dozen federal and state grants totallying more than $9 million to pay for much of the work. About $400,000, however, came from local property owners.
“It is the strong support we have received from our local property owners that has really helped us be so successful in getting grants for these north end projects,” said Jack Ecklund, the city’s Director of Engineering in an announcement.
The deadline for the grands created the timeline when much of the work along Mildred and Bridgeport was occurring at the same time. As work on those projects end, crews are shifting to add sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping to the south side of 27th Street between Grandview and Bridgeport.
Tacoma Water construction crews dovetailed into much of the work by replacing water mains in the area during the time city crews were working on the roadway. That $540,000 of work was needed since the water mains in the neighborhood were aging and becoming brittle.
Next on the city’s roster of roadwork includes improvements between Chambers Lane and Chambers Creek Road.
The city’s Maintenance and Operations Division is to protect and maintain the city's infrastructure and assets, including all public rights-of-way that spans 208 lane miles of streets, 23 miles of sidewalks, 3,660 storm drainage structures, 1,100 streetlights, and 119 acres of parks and open spaces.