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Sep. 23, 2011 at 7:46am

The Berm, She Riseth

Like a monster slowly rising out of the calm waters of a picturesque lake to reach out and snare unsuspecting teenage bathing beauties the Sounder construction off "C" Street in the Dome District now includes a proto-berm.

This segment will give way to a trestle over the gulch just beyond this point but the bulk of the berm will run just beyond that, over "A" street (which will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic), past the Elephant Carwash, then over the newly lowered/ditched Pacific Ave, and will then meet the slope heading up South Tacoma Way into the Nalley Valley.

Much more "sounder berm" via FeedTacoma search

comments [16]  |  posted under berm, commute, construction, development, sounder, tacoma, train


by NineInchNachos on 9/23/2011 @ 8:04am
Thanks Julie Anderson!

by KevinFreitas on 9/23/2011 @ 8:11am
I see another mini dedication/naming sign in your future RR :)

by The Jinxmedic on 9/23/2011 @ 9:21am
The imporatnt thing is the span over the gulch- that is a victory- a small one nonetheless, but still a victory that required a S-T redesign.

by NineInchNachos on 9/23/2011 @ 9:24am
Quite correct. A victory is a victory no matter how small.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/23/2011 @ 11:57am
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this berm!

by NineInchNachos on 9/23/2011 @ 1:08pm
can double as a burial mound for all the bodies they uncovered but aren't telling us about when they found the headstones.

by kevin22262 on 9/23/2011 @ 1:13pm
Remember tho... the part through the gully is not a berm, but more of a "post and beam". This was the compromise alternative to the huge friggin berm that would have cut through this area.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/23/2011 @ 1:22pm
Kevin is correct- that is the small victory that I was referring to.

by kevin22262 on 9/23/2011 @ 1:22pm
"... the berm will run just beyond that, over "A" street (which will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic), past the Elephant Carwash, then over the newly lowered/ditched Pacific Ave," ....

Actually... this part is not totally correct. A street will be closed to cars but there is a "trestle" opening for pedestrians. Also, the statement makes it sound like the berm will go over and through the Pac Ave area, when actually there is a trestle going over the newly lowered Pac Ave.

This link goes to a PDF that offers pretty good rendering of the project from different areas.


by Jesse on 9/23/2011 @ 4:15pm
Call me crazy but I think the "after" pictures look just fine... as long as they keep it landscaped. It actually has a gateway effect and defines and frames the area better than before.

Thanks for the link kevin22262!!!

by KevinFreitas on 9/23/2011 @ 5:14pm
Thx for the clarification Kevin. I suppose I glossed over those details in my implication via "vehicle traffic" and, indeed, no berm over "A" Street nor Pacific. Could've been more berm or an at-grade crossing so cheers to getting what we got and, I'm with Jesse, as long as it's maintained it shouldn't look too bad at all.

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/23/2011 @ 8:16pm
Thanks for the link to the Before and After scenes.

I think the new and clean So Tac Way/Pac Ave intersection will be greatly appreciated especially by the vagrants who walk it.

The switchback walkway on A Street also may add a bit of interest for bicyclists.

Overall the district gained more utility than it lost.

One thing I would add is more visible signage that directs traffic to the Northbound I-5 onramp.

by tacoma1 on 9/24/2011 @ 7:52am
The before photos show a part of our city that is pretty darn ugly IMHO.

I'm glad the gulch was saved. It is important to maintain as much natural ecosystem as possible.

Once this project is finished, we will be able to evaluate whether it's beneficial or detrimental to the neighborhood. I for one, believe that it will be a positive addition.

As far as the viability of the Dome District goes, I'm more worried about the future of FHS. After all ST is just improving access to the area. FHS slowly falling down before our eyes will provide just another reason for first time visitors to the lemay museum or Tacoma dome to never come back to our city.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/24/2011 @ 8:26pm
FHS is in dire need of proactive management. With increased Sounder traffic (and eventually Amtrak traffic), FHS would very well be a key asset in all of this. Let's hope that the court-appointed property management company can address some of the issues affecting this venue.

by KevinFreitas on 9/25/2011 @ 7:57am
Let's encourage them to clear out a bunch of the shops and give our Dockyard Derby Dames a permanent home! That and add an indoor skate park, climbing wall, and keep the food court!

by The Jinxmedic on 9/26/2011 @ 8:09am
A bunch of the shops are already cleared out, thanks to the rents...


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


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