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Next Phase of Work for Historic Water Ditch Trail
The Historic Water Ditch Trail, part of a 110-year-old trail system through Tacoma and out to Mt. Rainier, is partially finished.
The black line shows the full 2+ mile trail, as it will be when phase 2 of construction is complete. Phase 1 segments already completed are shown with the red line.
The long-term vision for the trail is to restore 6.5 of those miles through Tacoma, linking south Tacoma to downtown and the waterfront.
The finished trail will connect the Tacoma Mall and Downtown Tacoma regional growth centers, and ultimately will connect to regional trail and multi-modal transportation systems.
A 2007 PSRC map shows the long-term (long-long-term) planned connections.
This week Tacoma City Council is scheduled to approve funds for the next phase of work on the trail.
An earlier phase of the project, begun in 2008, completed three miles of trail to Class I bikeway standards of 10 foot wide paved paths with two feet of crushed rock shoulder on either side.
The next phase of work is expected to begin this summer, with completion anticipated by year end.
This phase will complete work on unimproved sections of a two-mile stretch of the corridor, including sidewalks, curb ramps, trail lighting, concrete retaining walls, landscaping, fencing, and striping of crosswalks and bike sharrows in the roadway. This phase of work will also connect the main trail to the South Tacoma Sounder station.
It's almost starting to look like a coherent trail system...
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