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Project Update

Upcoming Construction Activity

November 2023:

  • Survey the entire project area.
  • Clearing and excavation work beginning at the north end of the project area (toward 72nd Street E. and Waller Road E.) and working south toward Orangegate Park.
  • Temporary construction fencing in areas along the Pipeline Trail corridor and at the site for the future Pipeline Trailhead at Orangegate Park.
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Construction is expected to continue into 2024. During this time there will be construction activity throughout the corridor, but it will not be active every day along each segment. A timeline will be shared with those property owners who have access through the project area. 

Project Resources

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Pipeline Trail Groundbreaking Celebration

In September 2023, we celebrated this upcoming project with a groundbreaking ceremony. Speakers for the event included Pierce County Parks Director Roxanne Miles, Tacoma Public Utilities Board Chair Carlos Watson, Pierce County Councilmember Marty Campbell (District 5), and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier. Huge thank you to our partners at Tacoma Public Utilities, ForeverGreen Trails, and Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition for your continued support and for joining the celebration! 

About the Project

Pierce County’s Pipeline Trail will be a paved trail along the Tacoma Water Pipeline between 72nd St E and 94th Ave E. This trail will connect the existing Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail in South Hill to the recently constructed Pipeline Trail within the City of Tacoma, providing residents with expanded non-motorized commuting and recreational opportunities, supporting healthy active living. 

The preliminary design is complete for Pierce County’s Pipeline Trail. Engineering and design are underway for the construction of Phase 1, connecting Tacoma’s Pipeline Trail at 72nd St. E. and Waller Rd. E. to Orangegate Park, with construction beginning in 2023. 

Future efforts will include the completion of Pipeline Trail to South Hill with integration into Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail and Heritage Recreation Center. Further out, Pierce County has prioritized continued trail and bike infrastructure development to connect Foothills Trail, another 21 miles of existing Regional Trail. This longer-term connection has long been a vision of Regional Trail advocates with the "Tahoma to Tacoma" vision connecting communities from Commencement Bay to Mt. Rainier National Park. 

Pipeline 3.19.20

Virtual Open House

Pipeline Virtual Open House

Preliminary Design

Pipeline Prelim Design
Outreach Summary

Thanks to everyone who has joined us for an outreach event. We’ve had great turnouts with a lot of good questions and conversation. For a summary of each outreach event, please click on the links below.

Pipeline Mtg 2.5.20
Project Contact

Ted Yoder, Parks Project Manager
(253) 798-4076 | email