Gem Heights Drive East - ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Improvement Program - 2020 (CRP 5904)

What’s Happening

A project to improve accessibility and sidewalk connectivity along Gem Heights Drive East between 176th Street East and 168th Street East began June 29. The work is expected to be complete in mid-October.

The project area is located to the west of Brouillet Elementary School in South Hill. 

Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Lane restrictions may be needed in work areas. Pedestrians may be detoured around work areas. 

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Project photo of Gem Heights Drive East roadway.

About the Project

Crews will remove and reconstruct 28 existing curb ramps so they comply with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. They will also add seven new curb ramps and 60 feet of sidewalk where none exist. 

Three existing pedestrian poles with pedestrian push buttons will be replaced and five new poles will be added at the Gem Heights Drive East and 168th Street East intersection. 1,140 feet of curbs and gutters will be installed.

The project’s contractor is Sound Pacific Construction LLC. The construction cost is approximately $514,000. This project is funded with a Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Complete Streets Grant and County Road Funds. 

Project Timeline

May 1, 2020: Bid Opening date

May 18, 2020: Pierce County awarded the contract to Sound Pacific Construction

June 10, 2020: Pierce County hosted the Pre-Construction Meeting

June 29, 2020: Notice to Proceed

Mid-October: Work expected to be complete

Contact Us
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Andrew Davis, P.E.
Construction Supervisor
Phone: (253) 798-6913
2702 S 42nd St., Suite 109
Tacoma, WA 98409

Sound Pacific Construction


Phone: (253) 444-0050 


3902 157th St Ct NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332