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56th Street Improvements Anticipate US Open Rush
The Puget Sound Regional Council recently awarded the City of University Place $778,500 in funding for the design phase of improvements to the South 56th Street arterial corridor from I-5 to Cirque Drive in advance of the US Open. The corridor will be a major arterial for getting the anticipated hordes of golf fans to and from Chambers Bay, but it also carries a fair number of drivers on regular daily commutes.
As the corridor runs through both Tacoma and UP, the funding and work will be split between the two cities, with University Place responsible for design work associated with Cirque, and Tacoma responsible for design on 56th. Funding will be split 50/50, which gives Tacoma $389,500 in grant funding, with a required $60,750 local match, which is budgeted and available from gas tax revenues.
The project is obviously timed to prepare for the US Open at Chambers Bay in 2015, but the changes will stay long after the big time golf hubub has died down.
Do you drive that way often? What improvements would you hope to see?
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