Pierce County will permanently close 62nd Avenue East at 52nd Street East on May 18, which will create a dead end on 62nd Avenue East.
In addition, the intersection of 62nd Avenue East and 48th Street East will become an all-way stop.
“These changes are expected to enhance safety, and reduce speeding and cut-through traffic in the neighborhood,” said Brian Ziegler, Pierce County Public Works director. “They come following a review of the traffic conditions in the area and feedback from the neighborhood.”
The changes are a result of Pierce County’s 62nd Avenue East Network Study, which was completed in November 2015.
The county looked at traffic conditions on 62nd Avenue East, 66th Avenue East, 48th Street East, and 52nd Street East. 62nd Avenue East is a narrow roadway and has limited sight distance at 52nd Street East.
The county evaluated several alternatives to enhance safety while minimizing impacts to the neighborhood. Pierce County held a neighborhood meeting in March to discuss the study and the proposed changes.
Visit www.piercecountywa.org/62av to learn more.
Rory Grindley, P.E., PTOE,
Public Works traffic engineer
Public Works public information officer