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Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail open house – Route options

Route options

The Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail will follow the future SR 167 roadway for about eight miles before arriving in Fife. This portion will have a more rural feel, with minimal vehicle interactions.

Map of the SR 167 portion of the T2P Regional trail that will have a more rural feel
The SR 167 portion of the T2P Regional trail will have a more rural feel. It’s around eight miles long, 12 feet wide, and separated from the roadway by up to 100 feet in locations.

Once the trail moves from Fife into downtown Tacoma, it shifts to a more urban feel for the remaining four miles. The preferred route between the Thea Foss Esplanade in downtown Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma Road (shown in yellow below) will mostly follow the City of Tacoma's Puyallup Avenue Transit / Complete Street project, with additional refinements planned by the cities of Tacoma and Fife.

We need community feedback on trail routing between downtown Tacoma and Fife, including two options to connect the Port of Tacoma Road/Pacific Highway East intersection to the intersection of SR 509/Alexander Avenue East:

  • Option A, in orange, would route along the south side of Pacific Highway East, then the west side of Alexander Avenue East.
  • Option B, in purple, would route along the west side of Port of Tacoma Road, then the south side of the SR 509.
Map of routing between downtown Tacoma and Fife
Routing between downtown Tacoma and Fife, including two options to connect the Port of Tacoma Road/Pacific Highway East intersection to the intersection of SR 509/Alexander Avenue East.

Comparing the options

Map of project area with options A and B
Potential user and vehicle interactions with each route option
                           
ConsiderationsOption AOption B
Perceived user experience
  • Includes 10 uncontrolled driveway crossings, 5 signal controlled crossings, and 2 stop controlled crossings.
  • Users will likely encounter stopped vehicles on driveways that may block their path
  • Includes 2 uncontrolled driveway crossings, 2 signal controlled crossings and 1 stop controlled crossing.
  • Also includes a railroad crossing with a gap in the trail surface which could be dangerous for those riding bikes or using anything with wheels.
  • Users will get a faster, more direct route, but will be near the noise and traffic of SR 509.
Path crossing a driveway
Barrier between path and roadway
Trail width 8 – 12 ft wide usable trail width. Trail width limited to 8-ft at two existing Pierce Transit bus stops; potential for widening 8 -12 ft usable trail width. Trail width limited to 8-ft along SR 509; potential for widening
Environmental impactsNone identifiedWill likely disturb a WSDOT wetland mitigation site
Transit/business connections Directly connects to 3 Pierce Transit bus stops and connects to businesses along Pacific Highway EastNo direct connection to transit or businesses

Survey

Based on this information, which option would you prefer?

Why did you choose this option?

Community representation

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