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Posted on: May 12, 2014

Crews to prepare Ninth Street East near Lake Tapps Park for summer road closure

Motorists traveling along Ninth Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East near Lake Tapps Park should expect minor delays on weekdays from May 14 to June 13 as crews prepare the roadway for a summer road closure.

The two-lane road will periodically be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. The project contractor, SCI Infrastructure LLC, will remove roadside vegetation, and begin work on shoulders and storm drainage structures. Utility companies will relocate overhead lines in May and June, which will also require the roadway to be periodically reduced to one lane with alternating traffic.

About the project

Pierce County will reconstruct 1,000 feet of Ninth Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East to improve safety. The roadway will be realigned and regraded to increase sight distance. Crews will also widen the lanes to 12 feet and pave six-foot shoulders, install guardrail along the roadway between Hille and Bowman lakes, and add stormwater facilities.

This stretch of Ninth Street East will be closed for up to 42 working days to allow the contractor to excavate, haul and rebuild the roadway at a lower elevation. This closure is expected to begin June 23, while a detour of approximately one mile is in effect. Traffic traveling east on Ninth Street East will be detoured north on 190th Avenue East, east along Edwards Road East, and then onto 210th Avenue East. The road will then reopen, with minor lane restrictions expected until the project is completed in early September.

The construction cost is approximately $883,000. The project is funded by County Road Funds and Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

To learn more about this project, visit

Anne Radford, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities public information officer
(253) 798-2464

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