A new trail connecting Tacoma and Puyallup? It’s in the works and could use your input

Some day, you might be able to walk or ride your bike on a new trail between Tacoma and Puyallup.

The state Department of Transportation, Fife, Puyallup, Tacoma, Pierce County and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians have joined together to pay for a $200,000 study to find the best way to connect downtown Tacoma to Puyallup’s Riverwalk Trail.

The public is asked to share thoughts on design and construction at a meeting on Thursday at Puyallup’s Pioneer Park Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. Three possible routes are under consideration, with the Tacoma terminus currently being proposed at the Thea Foss Esplanade, Prairie Line Trail or Pacific Avenue.

The study will look at potential costs, the time line, funding sources, design and construction, said Liz Kaster of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. The study should determine a route and a cost estimate by January 2020.

Three years ago, the Puyallup Watershed Initiative’s Active Transportation Community of Interest said a connected bike and pedestrian trail was a top concern, but connecting the two cities proved difficult. The planning coalition has had to consider traffic safety rules, interjurisdictional partnerships, rivers and rail crossings, Kaster said.

Those attending can RSVP on Facebook. Anyone who can’t make the meeting can email thoughts to T2Prouteanalysis@wsdot.wa.gov

Josephine Peterson covers Pierce County and Puyallup for The News Tribune and The Puyallup Herald. She previously worked at The News Journal in Delaware as the crime reporter and interned at The Washington Post.