Trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will pass through Lakewood starting Feb. 7 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Amtrak passenger trains will run as part of Sound Transit’s signal testing for the Point Defiance Bypass Project. The testing will occur along the section of track from the Tacoma Dome station to the Nisqually Junction.
The test period runs through Feb. 15. People are asked to use caution whenever near the railroad right of way. Police will be stationed at the at-grade intersections during the testing to make sure people are safe.
Testing will also occur Feb. 25 and 26.
Potential traffic delays are to be expected at the following intersections during the test period:
- South 66th Street
- South 74th Street
- Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
- 100th Street SW
- 108th Street SW
- Bridgeport Way Southwest
- Clover Creek Drive Southwest
- North Thorne Lane Southwest
- Berkeley Avenue Southwest
- 41st Division Drive
- DuPont-Steilacoom Road
The $89.1 million rail project is part of a larger state Department of Transportation program to improve service across western Washington along the intercity passenger rail corridor. Once complete Amtrak’s passenger trains will run along the inland rail line through DuPont, Lakewood and Tacoma. Sound Transit already uses a portion of this route for its Sounder commuter rail service between Lakewood and Tacoma.
For project information or more information about the signal testing happening this month visit Sound Transit’s Point Defiance Bypass project webpage .