Rucker Renewal project
The Rucker Renewal project, also known as the Downtown Streetscape Phase 3 - Rucker Avenue project is intended to foster and spur redevelopment. A portion of the project also involves a needed water main replacement along the length of Rucker between Everett and Pacific Avenues.
The Rucker Renewal project is important to achieve redevelopment goals on this street. The project is intended to foster and spur redevelopment. A portion of the project also involves a needed water main replacement along the length of Rucker between Everett and Pacific Avenues.
The City adopted a Downtown Streetscape Plan (PDF) in 2009 that included projects on Colby, Hewitt, Hoyt and Rucker Avenues. The plan guides most project design elements. The Colby and Hewitt projects have been completed; a portion of the Hoyt project has been completed. The Rucker Avenue project was designed at a 90 percent level in 2011 and put on hold awaiting funding. The project later obtained Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) funding and was scheduled to be built after the 41st to W. Marine View Drive corridor project, which was completed in 2017.
- Roadway improvements
- Water and drainage utility improvements
- Urban design features
- Pedestrian improvements
- Traffic signal improvements
- ADA improvements
4 blocks of Rucker Avenue between Pacific and Everett avenues, plus 1.5 blocks of Wall Street and a half block of California Street.
The City is leveraging one-time state grant funding with already programmed capital improvement program (CIP) funds to complete the design and construction of the Rucker Renewal project. The project also includes water main replacement between Pacific and Everett Avenue, and utility funds will be used to pay for that portion of the work.
- TIB grant: $4,103,982
- CIP funds: $3,525,520 (budgeted in 2016)
- Total: $7,629,502
- Start construction: Summer 2019
- Ph 1 completion*: Dec. 2019
- Ph 2 completion*: March 2019
- Ph 3 completion*: May 2019
- Complete construction: Spring 2020
*Work is highly weather dependent, and time frames are approximate. Signal work to occur intermittently Jan. through April 2020. Landscaping and pavement markings to occur Feb. through April.