Project Benefits

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Congestion Relief 

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

An elevated 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.

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Economic Opportunities 

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.

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Environmental Improvements

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.