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Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail – What’s happening now?

Trail funding and phasing

The Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail is planned in segments:

  • The segment between 70th Ave in Fife and SR 509 in Tacoma will be completed through SR 167 Stage 1b project construction between 2022 and 2026.
  • The segments between Puyallup and Fife (within the SR 167 Stage 2 project) and downtown Tacoma received funding for preliminary engineering and environmental review while partners explore potential construction funding sources.
Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail funding and phasing map
T2P Regional Trail funding and phasing

SR 167 Stage 2 trail route connects to the Puyallup Recreation Center

In January 2022, the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail partners finalized the route between Fife and Puyallup to include in plans for the SR 167 Stage 2 project. The route along the SR 167 roadway will reduce vehicle interactions and provide a safer, more pleasant trail experience.

Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail route map showing SR 167 State 2 project right of way
T2P Regional Trail route along the SR 167 Stage 2 corridor

This part of the T2P Regional Trail will include a connection to the Puyallup Recreation Center. We heard from partners and the community that the Recreation Center will be an important destination from the trail; however, connecting to the Recreation Center requires the trail path to cross from the west to the east side of the roadway (as seen in the map below). After consulting with trail advisory groups, the project team decided that a highway undercrossing was the best way to connect the trail to the Recreation Center.

Map of trail routing from Meridian Ave E to Puyallup Recreation Center
Preferred trail routing to the Puyallup Recreation Center

A highway undercrossing will provide the best connection to current and future destinations in the area. The project team will design the undercrossing to feel open and accessible, with consideration for elements like lighting, security, and site lines.

Example of a desirable undercrossing: Scott Pierson Trail undercrossing at South 19th St in Tacoma