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Tacoma’s Stadium Bowl stairs repaired

Repair work to fix the stairway in Stadium Bowl that had been undermined by flooding water has been finished. Photo taken May 31.
Repair work to fix the stairway in Stadium Bowl that had been undermined by flooding water has been finished. Photo taken May 31. phaley@thenewstribune.com

Repairs to Tacoma’s Stadium Bowl stairway wrapped up Friday, ahead of schedule and under budget. But there may be more work needed before the historic stadium is fully back in business.

The stairway repair work fixed damage that occurred during a storm last October. An intense burst of rain overwhelmed city storm sewers and washed out much of the material beneath the concrete stairs leading down to the bowl.

To shore up the stairway, contractor Max Corp. of Gig Harbor used piling and re-bar to reinforce the base of the stairs and the sidewall. Workers used structural fill material and matting to secure the stairway landing so it will be structurally sound. They finished the work a week early. The project, originally budgeted at $120,000, will likely total less than $100,000, school district spokeswoman Alicia Lawver said.

In the past few months, Tacoma Public Schools has been working with the city of Tacoma to help mitigate the stormwater problem that has surfaced several times in the past few years, wiping out access to the historic stadium for which Stadium High School is named.

The city has added a water collector in the alley behind the bowl, and others between the high school and Sprague Avenue.

Lawver said the next step is to determine if the field turf needs to be repaired. The goal is to have Stadium Bowl back in action for the 2016 high school football season.

Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635, @DebbieCafazzo

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