Tacoma to unveil more crosswalk locations

By the end of next construction season, the city of Tacoma plans to spend $2.5 million to improve and add city crosswalks.

Staffers held meetings around the city earlier this year to hear where people wanted crosswalks. Now those crosswalk locations are being unveiled.

Each of five council districts will receive $300,000 in crosswalk improvements, with another $1 million for downtown Tacoma alone.

Mark D’Andrea, the city’s project manager for the pedestrian improvements, said that the cost of various crosswalks could vary widely depending on the complexity.

“We are still finalizing our cost estimates,” he said. “We hope to work through as many as we can.”

Not all crosswalk locations suggested by the public will be built, he said. For example, the city does not stripe across alleyways.

More crosswalks will be built outside of this specific project, he said.

There’s a $1.3 million citywide safety project and the $1.7 million top four bikeways improvement project, which include crosswalk and bike lane improvements all over Tacoma.

D’Andrea said the city will reveal another batch of crosswalk improvements at a public meeting, held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 9 at the Blix Elementary School cafeteria, 1302 E. 38th St. Crosswalk locations presented at Wednesday’s meeting will include council districts 3, 4 and 5, which includes Central Tacoma, South Tacoma, the South End and East Side.

Last year the voters turned down a ballot measure that would have increased the utility tax to pay for road and crosswalk improvements. A group of “ crosswalk vigilantes” also started painting unauthorized crosswalks and bike lanes in several intersections near downtown Tacoma.

For more information, visit the project website.