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Major construction coming to I-5 in Olympia

Heads up: Major construction coming to I-5 in Olympia  

Drivers are encouraged to avoid Interstate 5 and US 101 in Olympia over the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 while crews repair a bridge expansion joint. Day and night lane and ramp closures are expected to cause lengthy backups and traffic delays.

Consider delaying discretionary trips, traveling early or using alternate routes. For specifics on the lane and ramp closures, check the project web page.  

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Elected officials tour JBLM Joint Base connector road and overpass construction site August 19

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Representatives Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, and Denny Heck, D-Olympia, will receive a construction update and tour the site of the new Joint Base connector road and overpass project at JBLM. The new road and overpass will cross over Perimeter Road, which bisects Lewis Main and McChord Field, to link these segments of the joint base.

The officials’ visit is August 19 at 11 a.m. Senior JBLM leaders, the Directorate of Public Works, and the Seattle District Corps of Engineers will be on-hand to discuss the project’s progress.

Construction began in May and completion is set for Spring 2015.CrossBase

Service members who work on either McChord Field or Lewis Main will more easily travel back-and-forth without needing to exit or enter security gates. Additionally, people will be able to transit the base more quickly without going onto Interstate 5, thereby easing some highway traffic.


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Pierce County to test new pavement products along 192nd Street East in Frederickson

Pierce County will apply seven pavement products along 192nd Street East in Frederickson in August and September to test the products’ performance and cost effectiveness over multiple years.

Pavement products are used to extend the life of county roads. A combination of materials, such as aggregate chips and liquid asphalt, are applied to existing roadway to create a new surface layer. Pierce County may decide to begin using one or more of the products in the future if they work well on Pierce County roads while lowering costs.

“This pilot will allow Pierce County to assess its options to improve the preservation of our roads,” said Bruce Wagner, Public Works and Utilities road maintenance manager. “This is one way we are working to improve our services and find ways to reduce costs.”

Six new products will be applied twice in 100-foot sections along 192nd Street East between 22nd Avenue East and 38th Avenue East, in addition to one longer section of Pierce County’s existing chip sealing product. Motorists may notice different pavement colors and textures in the pilot area. Several products will be applied Aug. 18 to Aug. 22, with the rest of the products being applied Sept. 8 to Sept. 19. The road will remain open, although minor delays are expected. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic through the work zones. The work is weather dependent. 

Pierce County will evaluate how the products age over a seven to eight-year period, take periodic core samples to see how the product is wearing and how it soaks into the road’s surface layer, and assess how well it performs in winter conditions. The department will decide in February 2015 if it wants to use any of the products on a larger area as part of its summer 2015 pavement program.

192nd Street East was selected because it is a collector arterial, which means nearby residents use this road to reach a primary arterial. In this case, the primary arterial is Canyon Road East. 192nd Street East also has higher than average traffic, and higher than average truck traffic. The speed limit is 35 miles-per-hour.

Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc. is the contractor. While Pierce County road crews do apply certain types of pavement products on county roads, Pierce County wanted to test the new products using a contractor that specializes in those products to ensure quality and consistency. The section of Pierce County’s existing product will be applied by Pierce County road crews.


The work along 192nd Street East will cost approximately $44,000. The pilot is being paid for using Pierce County Road Funds. The pilot page is available at www.piercecountywa.org/pavement.

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Celebrate My Drive – and prizes?


From State Farm’s website:

What’s Celebrate My Drive?

It’s communities celebrating new drivers who make smart driving choices, like 2N2® – 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel. And not to mention, maybe winning some pretty epic prizes for your high school.

Between October 15-24 2014, you’ll be able to make safe driving commitments for a registered high school. The 100 high schools with the most commitments made can win some pretty amazing prizes, with the two top schools winning grand prize concerts by GRAMMY® Nominated The Band Perry.

Only registered high schools will be eligible to win prizes. If you haven’t already, make sure a school administrator gets your high school registered, so you don’t miss out on your chance to win.

Note: The top 10 winning high schools from 2013 are not eligible to win one of the top 10 prizes in 2014. They can still participate and are eligible to win one of the 90 $25,000 grants.


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. State Farm is committed to helping end these tragedies. We invite you to explore and use this comprehensive website, which is filled with free tools, tips, and resources designed to help teens and their parents throughout the learning-to-drive process.

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Is your car safe?

Safercar.gov, provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will help you identify recalls and investigations on your vehicle, learn what it’s crash test ratings are ad discover if there are other complaints or defects that have not yet generated a recall. Check it out! You’ll be better off knowing. http://www.safercar.gov/

There are lots of other news and information on car seats, insurance costs, tire safety and tips. Try it today!


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