Right as Tacoma gets back to business after the Fourth of July, the Lincoln Business District’s makeover will begin in earnest.

The City of Tacoma is scheduled to begin work on Phase 1 of the Lincoln District Streetscape Project on Wednesday, July 5. Construction will take place on South 38th Street, from South J Street to South Fawcett Avenue, and along South G Street and South Yakima Avenue, between South 37th and South 38th streets. This phase is expected to run July 2017 through May 2018. During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction in the construction zone.

 “I’m pleased to see the first phase of these important infrastructure improvements begin,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “In 2014, I identified the Lincoln Business District as a strategic priority for investment because this unique neighborhood has the potential to become a destination. We want to ensure that revitalization efforts will honor the culture, history and character of the district, so I’m proud that this effort is shaped by input from the community.”

The streetscape area serves as the primary corridor of the Lincoln Business District and this effort is the cornerstone of the Lincoln Revitalization Project. Key features include roadway, sidewalk, public art and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. This project seeks to enhance pedestrian access, traffic calming measures and landscaping elements.

“Supporting the Lincoln Business District and surrounding neighborhood has been a top priority for me,” said District 4 Council Member Marty Campbell. “I’ve been working closely with the engaged residents and business owners in the area for some time to determine what the community desires for its future. These streetscape enhancements are a major step toward the vision of this business district. I’m excited to see this project getting underway.”