Thursday, April 09, 2015

Road Closures for Daffodil Parade on 4/11/15 in Downtown Tacoma

The 82nd Daffodil Parade to be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Downtown Tacoma and will have significant road closures associated with the event. The Special Events Staff shared every effort to minimize the impact to your residence and business will be made. Detour and road closure signs have been posted to anticipate the event. 

Downtown Road Closures:

Roads to be closed or impacted between the hours of 6:00AM to 12:30PM. The parade begins at 10:15AM. 
  • Pacific Avenue, from 9th Street to 24th Street/Puyallup Avenue 
    • 9th Street will remain open to vehicle traffic
    • Cross traffic at 21st will be allowed until Parade start at approximately 10:15AM
  • A Street, from 11th Street to 24th Street/Puyallup Avenue (staging and fun run areas)
    • Cliff Avenue access will be via 10th & A Street
  • Hood Street and parking lot road behind History Museum, from 5:30AM to 10:00AM 
  • East 11th Street from Commerce Street to St. Paul Avenue 
  • 24th Street / Puyallup Avenue between Pacific Avenue and East D Street
    • East D Street and Dock Street will remain open to vehicle traffic
  • South 15th Street will allow traffic to A Street after 7AM
  • South 22nd, 23rd between Pacific Avenue and A Street, and A Street from 22nd Street to Puyallup Avenue (disbanding areas)
Impact on Local Freeways:

The A Street and 15th Street exits from I-705 will be closed. Schuster Parkway will remain open and Commerce Street will be accessible from the Stadium exit. The I-705-on-ramp at Ninth Street will be open and drivers will be able to cross Pacific Avenue at SR-509 and 21st Street. Detour and road closure signs will be posted. 

Click here to learn more from the City of Tacoma or click here to learn more about the festival.

Picture Provided by the City of Tacoma's Special Events Office

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nomination to Name George H. Wayerhaeuser, Jr. Park

The City of Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved a nomination on Wednesday, March 11 to name the currently unnamed waterfront park along Thea Foss Waterway after George H. Weyerhaeuser, Jr.

Tacoma City Council’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee will further discuss the nomination during a public meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Mon., April 6, at Tacoma City Hall. A final decision to officially name the unnamed park is expected to be made by council later this year.

Between September 2014 and February 2015, the FWDA and Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission received more than a dozen letters supporting the nomination from individuals and organizations such as the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport, Port of Tacoma, Dome District Development Group, and the Tacoma Waterfront Association. In the letters of support George H. Weyerhaeuser, Jr. is fondly remembered as a Tacoma civic booster and prominent member of the Weyerhaeuser family.

Three unnamed parcels on either side of the State Route 509 bridge — 1955 Dock St., 2101 Dock St., and 2119 Dock St.. Two parcels — 2101 Dock St. and 2119 Dock St. — are owned by FWDA, and one parcel — 1955 Dock St. — is owned by the City of Tacoma

Monday, March 23, 2015

BIA Before City Council

Every year the Downtown Tacoma Business Improvement Area goes before City Council to share its plans for the next year.  This year, the BIA heads to Council tomorrow, March 24th.

Over the last year the BIA has continued to work on reducing the impact of graffiti, keeping the streets clean, partnering with organizations for beautification, and responding to calls for assistance with public security.  Last year, we also began making payments to Sound Transit to keep the Link free for all riders.

As we begin our 28th year in operation, the BIA wants to thank the community for your ongoing support.  Of course if there's anything we can do to serve you better, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Friday, February 13, 2015

It's Cool to Love Downtown Tacoma

In the spirit of Saint Valentines the City of Tacoma's Landmark Preservation Commission have teamed up with Tim Norris of TMN Creative and Spaceworks sponsored Tim + April to invite us to share our love for downtown Tacoma throughout the month of February. Share our story and highlight the historic character we have in downtown with the #IHeartTacoma social media photo contest. 

To enter print the Tacoma Heart Map found here and take a picture holding the Heart Map in front of your favorite Tacoma historic building that must be at least fifty years old. Post using #IHeartTacoma with the name of the building and address in the comments. The winner will be selected based on the photograph with the most likes.

You can post on facebook to Tacoma Historic Preservation and TMN Creative. For you instagramers, use @Tacoma_Culture and @tmnrrs, or use twitter handle @Tacoma_Culture. Learn more about the social media contest hereYes, it is always cool to share your love for the City of Destiny.

Murray Morgan Bridge Closure Feb. 14

A closure to vehicle traffic on the Murray Morgan Bridge (11th Street in Tacoma) is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.

This closure will allow for the final stages of dredging to be conducted in the Thea Foss Waterway. During this time the lift span of the bridge will be raised to allow marine vessels to pass; however, vessels are urged to use caution while passing due to the presence of barges under the bridge.

During the closure there will be limited pedestrian access from ‘A’ Street to the elevator and stairs only, with all other pedestrian access closed until work is complete.

For more information on the Murray Morgan Bridge, visit HERE.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Tacoma's Pacific Ave Ramp to I-5 Five Week Closure Starting at 10 p.m. on 2/9

The Washington State Department of Transportation released a Traffic Advisory for Tacoma's Pacific Avenue on-ramp to I-5 closes for five weeks starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9. Expect traffic delays because drivers will be sent to the same detour route as drivers on the closed A Street on-ramp.

During the Pacific Avenue closure, crews will construct a new drainage system as part of its I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue project. The WSDT will detour drivers to I-5 via State Route 509 and Interstate 705 until the ramp reopens in mid-March. 

Click here for more information on the I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue. 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Breaking News - $75 million Federal Grant for Tacoma Link Expansion in 2016 Budget Proposal

Sound Transit just announced that the The Tacoma Link may be receiving a $75 million federal grant in fiscal year 2016. This comes as great news for local downtown businesses who want the Tacoma Link to grow and facilitate ridership to the downtown corridor. Easier access means economic growth for our region.This federal grant, also known as the Small Starts grant would act as a supplement to local tax revenues and other grants needed for construction of the 2.4 mile light rail expansion.

The Obama Administration proposed this federal grant supporting $74.99 federal funding and would provide the single largest funding for extending the Tacoma Link light rail line.Although, it does not end there this budget must next be approved by Congress. In 2008 voters approved the expansion of Tacoma Link in the 2 ballot measure and the Sound Transit Board has been diligently coalition building. 

Currently Sound Transit and the City have worked together to secure $13 million in grants for the City's contribution to the project. The 2.4-mile voter approved expansion requires approximately $75 million in Small Starts funding, $50 million in ST2 revenues, and $40 million from the City of Tacoma who is a key partner in the project. This alignment would expand the Tacoma Link from the Theater District to the Stadium and Hilltop districts with seven proposed stations. The Board is scheduled to review a final alignment and station locations this spring.