Loren Cohen confirmed today that the jurisdictions will now require street lights to be installed and functioning before they will allow traffic to flow on the new Ruston Way connection. Tacoma had originally only required street stripping and sidewalk completion, but a rumor recently surfaced that Ruston would require the additional step of street lights before they would allow traffic along their section of road, citing safety concerns.
It appears that Tacoma has now joined forces with Ruston and the developer is scrambling to meet the new condition. There had been quiet hope that the road could open by this Friday, June 22nd. But since the new punch list includes street light installation, the opening date is pushed back until at least June 29th.
Cohen offers this encouragement; "Needless to say we’re hustling to get everything done, but we think this
beautiful, new road will be worth the wait. We appreciate everyone’s
patience and look forward to celebrating the July 4th holiday with all of the Freedom Fair revelers along Ruston Way!"