Public Works Projects
Puyallup River Bridge Replacement - a WSDOT project
(WSDOT SR 167 also known as N. Meridian Bridge -1100 block of N. Meridian)
Project Information can be found at WSDOT project website
Completion date end of 2015
15th St. NW Storm Drain Extension
December 1, 2014-This project is nearing completion!
It involved installation of 1,656 linear feet of 48-inch-diameter storm sewer main, vaults, catch basins and appurtenances, 1,563 linear feet of 8-inch-diameter sanitary sewer main, manholes and side sewer connections, 1,604 linear feet of 8-inch diameter water main, 16-inch diameter water main and water service connections; and roadway restoration including sidewalks, ramps, curb, gutter, driveways and hot mix asphalt roadway pavement as well as the installation of conduit wire, junction boxes, street lights, service cabinets and electrical service connections. Improvement of the stormline infrastructure will help reduce flooding in the downtown business and residential core.
December 1, 2014- Plans and specifications are complete; some additional right of way is necessary for the project.
39th Ave SW; 11th - 17th
December 1, 2014- The city has received a grant from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) to widen 39th Ave SW to five lanes between 11th St SW to 17th St SW and the project is under design and right-of-way is being purchased.
The project will construct a center turn lane, two 11-foot wide vehicular travel lanes, (one each direction), two 16-foot wide joint use lanes, (one each direction), curb, gutter and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. Other project elements will include utility relocations, an enclosed storm sewer system, permeable sidewalks, street trees, stormwater mitigation facilities, illumination, modification of the 14th St SW traffic signal and a new traffic signal at 17th St SW.
December 1, 2014-On 39th Ave SE, from 10th St SE to Shaw road and funded entirely by two separate grants, the overlay will:
August 2014-The Meeker Creek Riparian and Stream Restoration Project will restore the western-most 1,000 linear feet of the 4,385-foot Meeker Creek to a natural, meandering stream channel as well as restore over 100,000 square feet of riparian area while creating floodplain storage. The project has recently received the final permit needed, an HPA from Fish & Wildlife, and will begin moving toward final plans. A public meeting will be held in September to review the progress with the public.
December 1, 2014-The Milwaukee Bridge was originally built in 1962 by Pierce County Public Works. This cast-in-place box girder bridge spans the Puyallup River at Milwaukee Ave NE and 5th Street NE in Puyallup. It has been determined the expected life span of the existing bridge is 10 years (+/-). Depending on the future bridge inspection results, closure of the bridge could be sooner than the expected 10 year life span.
In response to a request for proposal for funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the City now has an opportunity to take advantage of an 80% cost share, up to $10,000,000 grant from the FHWA.
To learn more about this bridge, replacement project, and potential funding read the Milwaukee Bridge Report (February 2013).
December 1, 2014-The improvements are needed to maintain adequate pressure and volumes for industrial water and domestic water services. The site has been purchased and graded in preparation for construction of the water tank. The conditional use permit was issued by the City of Edgewood. The design drawings of the steel tank and connecting water main are completed. The project will proceed when funds are available.
Pioneer Park Recreation Upgrades
December 1, 2014-Construction for the new spray park and sanitary sewer upgrades are underway. The new spray park will open Memorial Day weekend, 2015. View the project flyer for more information and contact numbers.
This project is replacing the wading pool and has upgraded the playground equipment in Pioneer Park to meet current health and safety standards, as well as meet the needs of the community.
Public meetings have been held including Park, Recreation and Senior Advisory Board and City Council meetings. The City has received a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Puyallup to support construction of the new spray park to-be-named: Kiwanis Kids Spray Park at Pioneer Park.
Visit the new play equipment at Pioneer Park! The low-bid small works contractor, R & R Construction, worked efficiently to build the amazing new structure and had it ready for the ribbon cutting in July 2014.
December 1, 2014-More than 60 of Puyallup's alleys are impervious gravel-paved surfaces - contributing to stormwater pollution runoff including sediment, oils, and more.
The Porous Alley Initiative concept started with funding from a Department of Ecology Capacity grant, allowing for two gravel alleys to be retrofitted with porous asphalt.
These retrofits will reduce the volume of stormwater runoff and related pollutants as well as reduce annual maintenance requirements by City crews such as grading and re-graveling of the alleys.
Public Works Engineering Stormwater Division staff are working on pre-design reports for the remaining alley locations identified for retrofit.
December 1, 2014-This upgrade, located in the 2800 blk of 5th Ave NE, will relocate the lift station across the street from the existing site and replace the ageing infrastructure with a larger wet-well and stand-by generator; staff is currently reviewing design options.
Treatment Plant Generator Upgrade & Flood Mitigation Improvement Project
December 1, 2014-Two existing 30 year old generators are in the process of being replaced at the Water Pollution Control Plant and at two separate pumping stations. The units range in size from 70 KW to 500 KW. The project is nearing completion.
New Traffic Signal at 5th Street SW/7th Avenue SW
A new traffic signal is being installed at the intersection of 5th Street SW/7th Avenue SW. The signal will go operational on January 22, 2015.
The signal would include a “FLASHING YELLOW ARROW” signal display instead of the “GREEN BALL” signal display to provide safer, more efficient left turns for motorists along 5th Street SW. “FLASHING YELLOW ARROW” means that left turns are allowed, but drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Studies by the Federal Highway Administration suggest flashing yellow arrows increase safety because they are more effective at getting drivers to yield to oncoming traffic. They haves been installed at several locations in this region including Pierce County, Federal Way, Everett, Vancouver, Bellevue, and Redmond.
Here is a website link to view WSDOT’s Flashing Yellow Arrow Illustration for further clarification of the sequence. For more information, please contact City Traffic Engineer Sanjeev Tandle at 253.841.5591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What the New Signal Display Mean
February 17, 2015
3rd Street NE Water Main Replacement Project
On February 23rd you will notice an increase in construction activity on 3rd Street NE and 5th Avenue NE. As most of you know, we recently experienced a number of water main breaks in your neighborhood. While repairing the water main, we discovered that the 80 year old cast iron pipe is in very poor condition and warrants immediate replacement. The City of Puyallup Water Division will be replacing the old 6 inch water main with new 8 inch ductile iron pipe. Ductile iron pipe has a life expectancy of 100 years. This project will start on the north side of 5th Avenue NE and continue north to 608 3rd Street NE. At the end of the project, we will abandon the existing water main that has reached the end of its useful service life and has become unreliable.
The City understands that construction is difficult for the people that have to live through it, so we will try to keep the inconvenience to a minimum. You will be notified 24 hours in advance of any necessary water shut downs, except for emergencies. The City will try to maintain access to your driveways, and will give you warning when access must be blocked.
It is the City’s goal to complete the water main replacement portion of the project by March 13th. Paving will be scheduled shortly after that, weather permitting. Traffic will be restricted to local and emergency traffic only for the duration of the project.
If you have any questions please contact:
Craig Hale – Water Supervisor
Perry Baird – Water Lead Person
Brian Johnson – Water Specialist
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Craig R Hale