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Prairie Line Trail Progress… Or Lack Thereof…
Perhaps you've been wondering what was going on with the construction of the Prairie Line Trail? Well, in short, not much, at least not yet. Things are on hold. Things are taking longer than expected. But things will happen. Eventually.
Praire Line Trail: UWT Station
Construction of the UWT portion of the Prairie Line Trail is on hold. A request for bids for the Prairie Line Trail UWT Station project had been put out, soil remediation has been completed, and we were expecting to see work begin soon, but now the project has come to a halt.
The News Tribune reports that construction was delayed when all bids for the work came back significantly higher than what the University had budgeted for the project.
UWT remains committed to the project, and will look for cost-saving opportunities before requesting a new round of bids, hopefully early next year. The University hopes to be able to begin construction next spring, and complete the work in the fall.
Prairie Line Trail: City-Owned Sections
The TNT further reports that the City-owned sections of the trail are also not moving forward particularly smoothly. Earlier this year the Tacoma City Council authorized a deal between the City and BNSF that would trade BNSF right-of-way needed for completion of the trail to the City, in exchange for which the City would hand over certain City-owned properties to BNSF. Although that deal has been in the works for more than a decade, it has apparently not been finalized yet. The City hopes to see it completed sometime this month.
Maybe in a few years we can have a Downtown to Defiance event that includes the Prairie Line Trail, through UWT, down to the Foss, Ruston Way, and on around to Point Defiance. Maybe someday...
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