Railroad Crossing

The Railroad Crossing portion of the project will change the way people travel between Pioneer Way East, over the BNSF Railroad, and 52nd Street East.

A new bridge crossing the railway will mean drivers never have to wait for trains, families will have safer routes to Chief Leschi School, and anyone who walks, bikes, or rolls in the area will experience a more comfortable trip.

The Railroad Crossing includes:

  • Constructing a bridge over the BNSF Railroad.
  • Expanding and extending Canyon Road East to two lanes in each direction with turn lanes at intersections.
  • Building concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk.
  • Constructing an enclosed storm drain system as well as stormwater treatment and storage facilities.
  • Modifying the traffic signal at Canyon Road East/Pioneer Way East.
  • Constructing a wetland mitigation site.
  • Closing the existing 52nd Street East street level rail crossing.


We are finalizing the project design in early 2021.

Visualization of the future Canyon Road crossing the BNSF railroad (from Chief Leschi School)

Rendering of the future Canyon Road East crossing over the BNSF Railroad looking east (from Chief Leschi School).


2015 - 2017


2017 - 2021

Design and Permitting

2018 - 2021

Property Acquisition

2025 - 2027


Example of a cross section that includes two lanes of traffic in each direction with paved shoulders and separated sidewalks.

Environmental review

Pierce County conducted an environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the Railroad Crossing portion of the project. Download the final Environmental Impact Statement.

Property acquisition

Pierce County needs property to build the new roadway, improve the rail crossing, and improve drainage and support flood control. Pierce County is currently acquiring the necessary property and easements. For more information about the right-of-way acquisition process, please review our acquisition process help guide or review our right of way plans.