72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Avenue East will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29 while crews install pipes under the road for a new stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from stormwater runoff before it enters Rody Creek.
The closure will not impact local residents getting to and from their homes. Drivers will be detoured onto Canyon Road East and Pioneer Way East during the closure.
Lane restrictions that began March 9 on this half-mile section of 72nd Street East will continue after the closure until April 15. The roadway will be reduced from four lanes to two between 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Three lanes will be open during non-work hours. Motorists should expect minor delays.
Stormwater is rain that runs off of hard surfaces such as roads into a system of pipes, ditches and ponds. Along the way, stormwater picks up pollution from vehicle leaks, animal waste, fertilizers and other toxic chemicals. Most stormwater eventually flows into local streams, lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.
The total project construction cost is approximately $425,000, with the Washington State Department of Ecology funding $318,715 of the effort. The rest – $106,250 – is funded by Pierce County surface water management fees. Hoffman Construction Inc. is the contractor.
Mike Livingston-Halliday, Public Works and Utilities public information specialist