Taylor Way Street Improvements Project, WA

Quick Facts

  • Improve freight mobility and enhance emergency response in the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula area of the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing Industrial Center

  • Important arterial serving the Port of Tacoma Manufacturing Industrial Center (it is the main corridor on the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula, an essential emergency access route, and a vital freight corridor for the Port carrying between 4 million tons and 10 million tons of freight every year)

  • The previous Taylor Way pavement wasn’t designed to carry heavy truck loads – truck and rail conflicts were common along the route, including 12 at-grade rail crossings between SR 509 and E. 12th Street


  • Replaced failing pavement with concrete roadway to handle the amount of daily freight frequented along the corridor.

  • Provided continuous pedestrian facilities along the corridor

  • Improved response times for emergencies and reduced freight delays

Our Work

  • Provided traffic signal design with emergency vehicle pre-emption for four intersections: E. 11th Street/Alexander Avenue E., E. 11th Street/Taylor Way, Taylor Way/Lincoln Avenue, and Taylor Way/SR 509

  • Evaluated and designed the corridor lighting and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) infrastructure along the Taylor Way corridor; installed fiber optic cable for signal interconnect and devices, including cameras and blank-out signs, and undergrounding existing fire department fiber optic cable while minimizing connectivity downtime

  • Analyzed potential improvements to SR 509 due to the expected future traffic growth on the corridor and in the region

  • Evaluated traffic operation performance and documented the roadway characteristics as well as safety data

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