Recently, the City of University Place completed the repaving of 40th Street between Olympic Boulevard and Sunset Drive. With this major construction milestone completed, we would like to take the opportunity to thank the residents in the area for their patience during the construction as well as thank our partners that have helped make this project a success.
This project has been a multi-jurisdictional effort in improving the safety and services of this roadway for the community with contributions from Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU), The University Place School District, the State of Washington and the City of University Place. The coordination and cooperation of all parties has minimized the costs and construction impacts of this project.
The City of University Place has received a $745,000 pedestrian and bicycle safety grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation for adding sidewalks, bike lanes, parking bays and street lights along the south side of the street in order to improve the safety, accessibility, and visibility for pedestrians and cyclists along the street. The City will also be installing speed radar feedback signs on both ends of the project in order to help reduce speeds in this busy corridor. In addition, TPU has replaced approximately 3000 lineal feet of aging water main with new 8-inch water piping. This new piping will help ensure continued dependable water service for many years to come. University Place and TPU have also partnered in repaving the deteriorating roadway surface, eliminating various patches, cracks and bumps in the roadway.
The School District, in conjunction with their school construction, has installed new street lighting and sidewalks along the north side of the street that will further improve the safety along the street. The School District is also in the process of building a new gymnasium at the High School and a new sports field at the site of the old Jr. High School.
The sidewalk and street lighting work is anticipated to be completed within a month depending on the weather. While this proceeds, the Contractor will continue to limit his work hours to minimize the impact on school operations. In coordination with the School District, the street Contractor does not begin work in the morning until after school has started and is off the street in the afternoon while school lets out.
Thank you again to all of our partners and especially to all of the residents for their continued patience as this project wraps up. If you have any questions regarding this project or would like further information, please contact Jack Ecklund at (253) 460-5411.
Jack Ecklund, P.E.