Why is the City doing this project?
Tacoma Street from Maple Street to McKittrick Street is located in close proximity to two local schools, Lewis and Clark Elementary School and Foothills Middle School. Many children walk Tacoma Street to get to and from school.
This section has no curb, gutter, or sidewalk. The roadway is approximately 28' wide and has one lane in each direction. Vehicles parked along the roadway create an obstacle for those who currently must walk along the road's edge. Lighting is also inadequate; there is currently just one high-pressure sodium light in the middle of the block.
The street also has been identified as a priority project by the Greater Wenatchee Bicycle Master Plan. Adding bike lanes on Tacoma Street will connect two existing sections of bike lanes along the City's existing bike route.
The proposed improvements will increase the safety and usability of the corridor, connect two updated urban arterials, and create a more seamless pedestrian and bicycle route.
The North Wenatchee area is vital to the City’s economic development plan. Tacoma Street serves as a north/south connection between Maple Street and McKittrick Street and reduces further congestion on North Wenatchee Avenue. Improving Tacoma Street will result in better multimodal connectivity and fill in a gap between existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities in this area.
What will the project include?
The project will tie into recent improvements at McKittrick Street and Maple Street. Improvements will include curb and gutter on both sides of the roadway, a sidewalk along the west side of Tacoma Street, ADA ramps, roadway paving, and bike lanes in both directions. In the future, it’s anticipated a sidewalk will also be added to the east side of the street.
The project will also include replacement of the water main, stormwater collection and conveyance upgrades, lighting improvements, and other utility improvements.
What to expect in coming months?
In the next few months, preliminary designs will be created, activities related to right-of-way acquisition will take place, and the timeline identified for significant project components including bid process, material acquisition, and construction.
More project details
The City of Wenatchee has received a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant to complete this project. Consulting firm SCJ Alliance has been selected to provide research and design, utility relocation coordination, public involvement, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, and construction management.
Please call us with questions — we are happy to discuss the project with you!