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Pacific road project gets moving

Breaking ground for the Valentine Avenue-Stewart Road project in Pacific are, from left: Rick Maurstad (ICON), Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier; Pacific City Councilmembers Clint Steiger and John Jones; Ted Hill, Sumner city engineer; and Sumner City Councilmember Kathy Hayden.  - Rachel Ciampi, Auburn Reporter
Breaking ground for the Valentine Avenue-Stewart Road project in Pacific are, from left: Rick Maurstad (ICON), Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier; Pacific City Councilmembers Clint Steiger and John Jones; Ted Hill, Sumner city engineer; and Sumner City Councilmember Kathy Hayden.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi, Auburn Reporter

After nearly 20 years of funding and planning imbroglios, $4.1 million worth of improvements to Stewart Road in the City of Pacific is under way.

Plans call for widening of the much-used thoroughfare – the main access road from state Route 167 to the Lakeland Hills subdivision, and a vital arterial that provides truck access to industrial and trucking businesses in Pacific and Sumner – from the SR 167 interchange to Valentine Avenue.

There will be two driving lanes in each direction, and a two-way, middle turn lane. Curbs, gutters and sidewalks will be installed, signals upgraded and new water main and sewer pipe laid.

At its inception in 1996, the project was to be part of the planned, four-phase, Lake Tapps Parkway-Stewart Road corridor.

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