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are under-performing due to degraded materials, insufficient capacity, and a low level of service due to growth and outdated practices.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
7 p.m.  –  6 a.m. Overnight Work
February – June 2020

Custer Way from Boston Street SW to Cleveland Avenue SE will be closed for overnight work with detour routes in place. Daytime delays should also be anticipated.

Daytime traffic will be reduced to a single, alternating lane of one-way traffic.

Road Closures

During morning and evening  peak travel times, work will be limited to mitigate traffic impacts. 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

February 23 - 27, 2020
Work requires a full road closure of Custer Way, from Capitol Boulevard to Boston Street, 7 p.m. - 6 a.m., nightly. Detour signage and Traffic Control will be in place to assist drivers and pedestrians through the work zone. 

February 21, 2020
Traffic control occurs from Boston Street to Capitol Boulevard. Work will occur in the daytime. The water quality treatment structure at the downstream end of the new storm draining system will be put in place.

February 19, 2020
The contractor will be saw-cutting the roadway; removing existing asphalt and concrete panels; and, potholing the roadway for existing utilities.

Concrete panel demolition near Boston Street is anticipated to begin. The contractor has begun moving heavy equipment into the staging area on the north side of the brewery near the Schmidt House parking lot. The surveyor will place construction markers throughout the project area.

February 17, 2020
Demolition and removal of concrete panels will start in the Custer Way roadway, from Boston Street to Capitol Boulevard. Traffic control flaggers will be on site to assist drivers through the work zone.

Custer Way Water and Storm Improvements Aerial

Custer Way Water and Storm ImprovementsPDF file

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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