Link extension work begins in Stadium District

Work is well underway along North 1st St.
Work is well underway along North 1st St. Photo by Matt Nagle

The new year means new construction projects in Stadium District, as crews go to work on the first phases of the 2.4-mile extension of the Link rail line from the Theater District through Stadium and up to Hilltop.

On Jan. 7, Sound Transit’s contractor began underground utility work on North 1st Street between North Tacoma Avenue and Division Avenue in the Stadium District. The work will consist of digging deep trenches in the street to move or replace existing sewer, stormwater and water lines. This includes new or upgraded water and sewer services to properties and is anticipated to take approximately four months, perhaps longer if underground obstructions are discovered.

“We don’t anticipate any disruptions to business’ or residents’ sewer or water services,” said Sound Transit Public Information Officer Scott Thompson. “After the utility work is completed, Tacoma Public Utilities will make final connections to all the utilities and TPU will coordinate any utility disruptions with their customers.”

During this time, there will be no street parking on either side of North 1st Street, as crews work on a deep sewer line. The street will be open to one lane of traffic during construction, with the northeast lane on North 1st Street closed in between G Street and North Tacoma Ave.

Southbound on Stadium Way continues to be closed to traffic from Broadway to South 4th Street. Please follow the detours on St. Helens Avenue, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue. One-way traffic going north on Stadium Way is open. The pedestrian refuge islands on Stadium Way were removed as part of the project and to better shift traffic during construction. For safety, some sidewalks on the east side of Stadium Way may be closed during construction. The contractor is working on both water and storm drainage systems.

Traffic south of South 4th Street on Stadium Way is being detoured onto I-705. To avoid travelling on I-705, follow the detours on St. Helens Avenue, Broadway and Tacoma Avenue.

Access to Commerce Street from the 705/Stadium Way exit is closed. Detours are in place. One-way traffic northbound on Commerce Street will be maintained from South 9th to I-705. The contractor is installing a new sewer.

Once the underground utility work is complete, work crews will continue to do utility work along the Hilltop Tacoma Link route. “We anticipate the next area of work will be along Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Division to 6th Avenue, which is in front of Tacoma General Hospital,” Thompson said. “We are working closely with MultiCare and staff at Tacoma General on the impacts of this work. We don’t have a firm start date yet, but we will certainly notify everyone affected by this work when it will start and what the impacts of the work will be.”

Information provided by Sound Transit

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