Project Benefits

More access

The extension of Canyon Road East will extend the road north beyond where it currently ends at Pioneer Way East.

A more efficient bridge

Construction of a new Puyallup River Bridge will improve access between River Road East and North Levee Road East, providing new route options out of the Puyallup River Valley for everyone.

Multimodal options

Improved route options will help all commuters —bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.

More effective rail crossing

A grade-separated rail crossing between 52nd Street East and Pioneer Way East will eliminate potential conflicts between vehicles and trains, reduce current delays on the roadway and support the operation of Washington’s valuable high-speed rail line.

Faster, more direct routes for freight

The extension on Canyon Road East will improve freight mobility from the Frederickson Manufacturing Industrial Center to SR 167 and I-5, improving access to the Port of Tacoma, Downtown Tacoma, and Tacoma’s industrial district.

New connections

A new route from the Frederickson Manufacturing Industrial Center to other key industrial and economic centers will improve business opportunities and bring additional jobs to Frederickson and nearby jurisdictions.

Less time in traffic means a better economy

Reduced traffic congestion as a result of a new route will help ensure freight, people, and goods arrive on time.

Learn more about the economic benefits of this project through a recent economic analysis.

Wetland restoration

Healthy wetlands can help reduce storm and flood damage. The project will re-establish 5.86 acres of functional wetland, rehabilitate and enhance 10.56 acres of degraded wetland, and preserve 6.59 acres of intact wetland. These efforts will also increase the amount of flood storage capacity in the area.

Salmon habitat improvements

Wetlands are critical for spawning salmon populations. The project will add additional vegetation, reduce cover of invasive plant species, increase cover of native plant species and vegetative diversity, enhance stream channel conditions, and establish off-channel habitats in wetland areas adjacent to the creek.

When will you see these benefits?

Pierce County has already invested nearly $138 million in improvements to the Canyon Road corridor over the past several years. We added lanes, installed new lights and traffic signals, added medians and built new pedestrian facilities, among other improvements.

Now we are in the design, permitting and property acquisition phase for improvements north of SR 512 including the extension of Canyon Road across the Puyallup River valley to the City of Fife.

Construction on both the railroad crossing and river crossing is scheduled to start in 2025, pending funding.

Funding

The total project cost is currently estimated at $160 million, making it the county’s largest single construction project ever. Current funding sources include the Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB), BNSF Railroad, Pierce County and the Federal Highway Administration. We are pursuing funding opportunities, including federal grants, state Legislative appropriations and bonding, to fill the remaining gap.

This project will support future growth of local businesses and communities.