Picture of Canyon Road from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities
While WSDOT is upgrading the highways in Tacoma's urban core, Pierce County is hard at work on upgrading roads through Central Pierce County. The most notable of these projects is Canyon Road and 176th Street. The Tacoma News Tribune has a brief story on funding proposed to be secured for the latest projects.
Canyon Road has a whole number of projects throughout its length. Some of Canyon Road is already 5 or more lanes wide. A widening was recently completed between 116th and 144th this January. In this round of phasing, Pierce County would widen Canyon road between 160th and 172nd. Ultimately all of Canyon road is set to be 5 lanes wide or wider all the way from 260th to the Puyallup river including a new bridge over Pioneer Way.
Similarly, 176th already is 5 lanes in some places, with work underway on widening the road between Canyon Road and Gem Heights Drive. The phase proposed would widen 176th from Waller Road to 51st and replace a bridge over the railroad tracks between 51st and Canyon Road. Ultimately, 176th would be 5 or more lanes wide all the way from Meridian to Pacific. And on top of that, 176th would also connect to the Cross-Base Highway.