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Two bus detours ending, one beginning

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Pacific Avenue I-5 overpass in Tacoma will re-open to traffic on August 18; the same day the McKinley Way I-5 overpass will close for demolition. These changes will impact Pierce Transit Routes 1, 53 and 42 starting just after morning rush hour on Aug. 18:
  • Route 1 runs from Spanaway along SR7 into downtown Tacoma and on to the Tacoma Community College Transit Center. Route 1 has been on a long-term detour since the closure of the Pacific Avenue I-5 overpass. On August 18, with the re-opening of the bridge, Route 1 will no longer be on detour and will run straight up Pacific Avenue (rather than running along 34th St., G St. and Delin St.).
  • Route 53, which runs between downtown Tacoma to University Place, has also been on detour since the closure of the Pacific Avenue bridge. On August 18 Route 53 will return to its pre-detour route, crossing I-5 along Pacific Avenue (rather than running along 34th St., G St. and Delin St.).
  • Route 42 runs from the 72nd Street Transit Center along McKinley Ave. to downtown Tacoma. With the closure of McKinley Way over I-5, Route 42 will be on the following long-term detour:

    Northbound (toward downtown Tacoma):
    From McKinley Ave. East
    Right on Wright Ave. (serving a temporary bus stop)
    Right on E. “I” St.
    Left on E. 34th St.
    Left on “L” St.
    Left on Wiley St.
    Right on East “D” Street
    Left on Puyallup Ave. S.
    Resume regular route

    Southbound (away from downtown Tacoma):
    From Puyallup Ave.
    Continue on Puyallup Ave. at E. “D” St.
    Right on E. “L” St.
    Right on E. 34th St.
    Right on E. “I” St.
    Left on Wright Ave. (serving a temporary bus stop)
    Left on McKinley Ave., resume regular route

    NOTE:  Bus stops between Puyallup Ave. and S. 34th St. (near the Tacoma Dome) for the Southbound trip will be closed during the detour.

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Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

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Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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