The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project is nearing completion and construction orange is transforming into new sidewalks, pavement, trees, rain gardens, way finding signs and pedestrian improvements.
Visitors might also notice fleeting splashes of green here or there – duct tape and performance contributions from the Project’s Green Flash, local artist Daniel Martin.
"While construction is ongoing, Downtown Tacoma is open for business. We’re working to keep Pacific Avenue welcoming through the last of the work," said Community and Economic Development Program Specialist Debbie Bingham. "We have cheerful greeters helping guests navigate the district. We’re offering discounted parking. We’re putting posters up to remind people of all there is to do here. Pacific Avenue is better than ever."
"Don’t be turned off by the work," Learning Sprout Toys manager Angel Bennett said. "All of your favorite Pacific Avenue stops are still open."
As work wraps up in November, visitors will also begin to see new landscaping, crisscross overhead street lighting between South 7th and South 9th streets and public art instillations - rain garden tiles were installed just last week.
Bennett hopes people will be motivated to check out the improvements for themselves, "Come see us soon, we've always got amazing things going on."