Lakewood Drive/Steilacoom Boulevard Sewer Main Update

Lakewood Sewer Main Repair Project

Starting Nov. 1, 2021, a contractor working for Pierce County will be replacing the broken sewer main and removing the bypass equipment in Lakewood along Steilacoom Boulevard SW. The project has been designed, and the construction is being coordinated with the City of Lakewood. 

This is the final phase of the project, which includes:

  • Replacing approximately 500 feet of the existing 36-inch diameter pipe
  • Removing the aboveground bypass systems
  • Restoring the road

Project cost: $2.5 million


Start date: Nov. 1, 2021


Est. full road closure period: 

Nov. 1, 2021 - Feb. 1, 2022 


Targeted completion date:

Feb. 1, 2022

Traffic Impacts

Because the work will involve excavating nearly 30 feet deep, Steilacoom Boulevard between Lakewood Drive SW and Gravelly Lake Drive SW will require a full road closure for approximately three months.

Please consult the Steilacoom Boulevard SW Sewer Repair Detour map or follow the posted detour route to access Steilacoom Boulevard SW between Bridgeport Way and Gravelly Lake Drive. 

The sidewalk along the north side of Steilacoom Boulevard and all crosswalks will remain open for pedestrians.

Please drive with caution if traveling in the area.

Local Businesses

All businesses remain open during construction. We understand the potential impacts to business owners in the area during this work and appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Because this project requires crews to access the sewer main, you may notice some odor while the sewer pipes are open. The contractor is permitted to work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Please expect construction noise during this window.


On July 20, there was a structural failure of a 36-inch concrete sewer line. In early September, we moved the pump equipment off Steilacoom Boulevard and installed the long-term sewer bypass system behind the sidewalk along the south side of the road.

Past Updates

  1. Oct. 15, 2021
  2. Sept. 3, 2021
  3. Aug. 26, 2021
  4. Aug. 18, 2021

Pierce County’s project to replace the broken sewer main and remove the bypass equipment in Lakewood along Steilacoom Boulevard is expected to begin within the next month. 

The project is designed, and the materials and equipment have been ordered. The estimated arrival time of the materials is taking longer than normal due to supply chain disruptions. 

Construction on Steilacoom Boulevard between Lakewood Drive SW and Gravelly Lake Drive SW is expected to take three months, and drivers can expect road closures during this period.

We will provide another update as we get closer to breaking ground.

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Contact Us


(253) 798-4050

 24-Hour Sewer Emergency:

(253) 798-7000


8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed all major holidays

Mailing Address:

9850 64th St. W

University Place, WA