Project Benefits

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Congestion Relief 

More access

The extension of Canyon Road East will provide an additional access point at the intersection of Pioneer Way East and Canyon Road East, redirecting some traffic from Stewart Street, Meridian Avenue East, and Pioneer Way to the west.

A more efficient bridge

A new Puyallup River Bridge to replace the Milroy Bridge will create improved access between River Road and North Levee Road East. The new bridge will accommodate existing and future traffic, providing new options for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers to travel into and out of the Puyallup River Valley.

Multimodal options

New and improved routes will give pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers more and safer options and connectivity.

More effective rail crossing

An elevated rail crossing between 52nd Street East and Pioneer Way East will reduce current delays while also increasing the safety of pedestrians, drivers, and trains.

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Economic Opportunities 

Faster, more direct routes for freight

Businesses in the Frederickson manufacturing industrial center make the most freight trips in the corridor south of SR 512, according to the Puget Sound Regional Council regional traffic model.

WSDOT’s freight and goods transportation system (FGTS) shows more than 10 million tons are moved per year on the Canyon Road section south of SR 512. The extension on Canyon Road East coupled with the completion of SR 167 will better connect the Frederickson Manufacturing Industrial Center to 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 support new jobs in Frederickson and nearby jurisdictions.

Frederickson Manufacturing Industrial Center and Fife Industrial Area have significant capacity for additional employment. Canyon Road East freight corridor improvements would drive potential growth and expansion in these areas.

Time is money

Less time in traffic means more productive work and faster deliveries. Reduced traffic congestion will improve travel times on the region’s busiest streets, roads, and highways; ensuring freight, delivery, and other businesses stay on time and on budget.

Private drivers, who travel in the area for work or school, will likely see operating cost savings. According to the Office of Financial Management and DKS Associates, over the first 50 years of the project’s life, private drivers could collectively save $13 million. Assuming these cost savings translate into consumer spending, $25.3 million could go back into the local economy.

Learn more about the Canyon Road project economic benefits in the Pierce County-commissioned economic analysis.

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Environmental Improvements

Wetland restoration

Healthy wetlands can help reduce storm and flood damage by acting as a natural storage area for floodwaters. Wetlands also improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife, including fish. The project will increase flood storage by designating additional areas along Canyon Creek as wetland mitigation. The project will re-establish about six acres of functional wetland, rehabilitate and enhance more than 10 acres of degraded wetland, and preserve more than six acres of intact wetland. These wetland mitigation efforts will contribute to improving wetland functions for water quality, flood storage, and habitat conditions.

Fish habitat improvements

Wetlands are critical for spawning fish populations. The project will improve stream conveyance and water quality conditions. Plans include removing and replacing impassable fish barrier culverts to fish-passable culverts, enhancing stream channel conditions, and establishing off-channel habitats in wetland areas adjacent to Canyon Creek. The project will also provide in-stream woody habitat structures and increase native vegetation which will help provide shade and cooler stream waters. These improvements will help contribute to regional recovery efforts.

Water quality management

Stormwater runoff from the roadway discharges into local streams and waterways, often untreated. This project constructs stormwater treatment facilities that would treat all roadway runoff before it is released into the waterways, improving water quality conditions in areas where stormwater is currently not being treated.

Download the Canyon Road Regional Connection Stormwater folio.