City, county move forward with street-widening project

Roads: Engineer says 39th Avenue Northwest should be complete by fall 2015

Special to the HeraldMarch 26, 2014 

A road project that has stretched from Tacoma into Puyallup is scheduled to be complete next year, when the final unimproved section of 39th Avenue Northwest on South Hill will be widened to five lanes.

Puyallup City Engineer Mark Palmer said the final section of road, known as 112th Street East in Pierce County, extends from 11th Street Southeast to 17th Street Southeast and includes the section in front of Costco.

The project will add an additional eastbound lane from 11th Street to 14th Street and a new lane in each direction from 14th Street to 17th Street, Palmer said.

Street lighting will be improved, sidewalks will be included on each side, and a widened outside travel lane is planned to accommodate bicyclists.

In addition, a new signal will be placed at 39th Street and 17th Street, and the intersection will include a left turn lane.

The Costco intersection at 14th Street will be upgraded to include two left turn lanes as drivers exit the store and one straight right lane, Palmer said. The traffic signal will be modified to fit the new lane configuration. Other traffic-flow changes are planned for the area, Palmer said.

The $3.9 million project is funded with a state Transportation Improvement Board grant and a 20 percent city match, which came from the stormwater utility fund.

Palmer said the city hopes to have all right-of-way acquisitions, including 22 parcels and 19 different land owners, completed by mid-April. He anticipated the project will go out to bid on August after the design is complete. The contractor should be selected the following month, and utility relocation will be done during the first three months of the project, Palmer said.

Construction is anticipated to be completed during late fall 2015.

Tom McCrady is a freelance reporter for the Herald.

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