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Custer Way Water and Storm Improvements

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Custer Way Water and Storm Improvements 

February 2020 – June 2020 

The project is part of a citywide effort to upgrade substandard utility systems. These systems are under-performing due to degraded materials, insufficient capacity, and a low level of service due to growth and outdated practices.

Project Description

The project includes water, stormwater, and street improvements. The water work includes installation of a 12-inch ductile iron water main to upgrade existing 6-inch and 8-inch cast iron water lines. Existing water service lines and meters will be replaced with lead-free ones, existing fire hydrants will be replaced, and stub outs for future development at the brewery sites will be provided in several locations. The storm drainage improvements include installation of a 21-inch storm line to help redirect storm flow and alleviate storm conveyance issues in this area. A water quality treatment structure will be added at the downstream outlet. The extent of excavation for utility work has resulted in the need to remove concrete panels below the road surface and repaving of the street.

Construction Schedule

Day and Nighttime Work
Monday – Friday

June 2020

Custer Way from Boston Street SW to Capitol Boulevard SE will have intermittent closures with a detour route in place.

Road Closures

Signed detours will be in place. Outside of road closure hours, traffic control and flaggers will be on site to assist drivers through the work zone.

The City will provide 48-hour notice to customers for any service interruption during construction.

All businesses will remain open during regular hours for the duration of the project although accesses may be detoured.

Intercity Transit Route 68 is on detour route during the project.

Schedule Updates

June 23-26, 2020

ROAD CLOSURE: All lanes of Custer Way SE from Boston Street SW to Cleveland Avenue SE will be closed overnight for final paving 6 p.m.-4 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25, 2020. Drivers will need to use detour routes to bypass the area. Electronic message boards, cones, and detour signs are in place throughout the work zone.

There will be intermittent lane closures 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020, while the contractor completes work on ADA ramps and curbs. Construction crews will return to apply road striping and pavement markings, the final phase of this project.

June 15-22, 2020

Intermittent Water Shut-off: The general contractor is working with local businesses to minimize water service disruption. The onsite supervisor will notify businesses and provide as much lead time as possible when water service is shut off. The switch to the new system takes about 4-6 hours. 



Project Funding

This project is funded by Water and Storm Funds.

Project Personnel

  • City of Tumwater Project Inspectors: David Mills and Jeff Query
  • City of Tumwater Project Managers: Brandon Hicks and Nhan Vo
  • Name of Contractor: Black Hills Excavating Inc.
  • Project Superintendent: Rian Taggart
  • Design by City of Tumwater staff

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Nhan Vo, Senior Engineer, at (360) 754-4140 or email

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