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Learn about construction of Point Defiance Park roundabout

May 19, 2017

Details to be discussed at public meetings May 30, June 6

A traffic roundabout will soon replace the tangled intersection that now confounds drivers at the North Pearl Street entrance to Metro Parks Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.

The roundabout’s design will make it easier and safer to drive to and from the park, the Point Defiance Marina boat launch and the Vashon Island ferry landing.

Construction could begin as early as July and will likely continue for about six months, depending on the weather. Temporary detours will keep traffic flowing.

Two community meetings will provide opportunities to find out about project details, ask questions and learn about anticipated impacts and benefits. The first is scheduled for noon until 2 p.m. at the Mary Joyce Community Center, 5219 N. Shirley St., Ruston. The second will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. June 6 at the Point Defiance Pagoda, 5801 Trolley Lane, Tacoma. The information presented will be the same in each meeting. The Point Defiance Pagoda is fully accessible.

As part of the project, access to and from North Pearl Street from North Park Avenue will be eliminated on both sides of North Pearl Street. This is necessary to conform to accepted intersection design standards.

In addition to the roundabout, Metro Parks plans other improvements at the park entrance, including a new sign welcoming visitors and a secondary roundabout at the entrance to a new boat trailer parking lot east of the ferry access road.

More details about the roundabout and other projects at Point Defiance Park can be found at

For more information, contact Michael Thompson, Metro Parks public information manager, at (253) 305-1092 or via email at



Michael Thompson, Public Information Manager, (253) 305-1092;