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SR 167 closure across Puyallup River begins Aug. 7

Drivers who rely on the State Route 167 Puyallup River Bridges (Meridian) are encouraged to plan for delays and alternate routes during the weekend of Aug. 7. Both the northbound and southbound SR 167 bridges that span the Puyallup River will be closed to traffic while crews relocate an obsolete steel truss bridge. The 1920s-era bridge was replaced in June because it had reached the end of its useful life.

Bridge closure specifics All lanes of northbound and southbound SR 167 (Meridian) will close from 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the Puyallup River Bridge. During those times, crews will also close the southbound SR 167 exit leading to the southbound bridge as well as 4th Street and Levee Road under the bridges. Signed detours via SR 512 and area roads will direct motorists around the closure.


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Pursuit suspect flies off Golden Given hill near Brookdale

A suspect being pursued by Pierce County Sheriff Deputies failed to negotiate the turn on Golden Given Road where it drops down to Brookdale Road. Instead, he went straight downhill, landing in the backyard between two Parkland area houses this evening between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m.

The road was closed as emergency responders worked to cut the car open and extract the drive who appeared to be a Hispanic male. The Post happened to pass the scene and caught some exclusive photos, some of which are too unpleasant to post. Here are a few from the scene.


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Relieve congestion on Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont?

The public is invited to attend an open house to learn more about ideas to help relieve congestion on Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont. Washington State Department of Transportation staff will host the open house where commuters and residents are encouraged to participate and comment.

Proposed corridor improvements

WSDOT officials will be on hand to discuss several possible improvements to the area of I-5 stretching along Joint Base Lewis McCord:

  • Build HOV lanes in both directions of I-5 between Lakewood and DuPont.
  • Revise and/or relocate three I-5 interchanges (including adding roundabouts at freeway exits):
  • DuPont-Steilacoom Road (Exit 119)
  • Berkeley Street SW (Exit 122)
  • North Thorne Lane Southwest (Exit 123)
  • Build a local connector road between Gravelly Lake Drive and Thorne Lane.
  • Build a shared-use path along the I-5 corridor.

The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the McGavick Conference Center, located at 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Lakewood.

No formal presentation will be provided. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.

Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.


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Section of 72nd Street East closed March 28-29 for vault installation

72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Avenue East will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29 while crews install pipes under the road for a new stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from stormwater runoff before it enters Rody Creek.

The closure will not impact local residents getting to and from their homes. Drivers will be detoured onto Canyon Road East and Pioneer Way East during the closure.

Lane restrictions that began March 9 on this half-mile section of 72nd Street East will continue after the closure until April 15. The roadway will be reduced from four lanes to two between 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Three lanes will be open during non-work hours. Motorists should expect minor delays.

Stormwater is rain that runs off of hard surfaces such as roads into a system of pipes, ditches and ponds. Along the way, stormwater picks up pollution from vehicle leaks, animal waste, fertilizers and other toxic chemicals. Most stormwater eventually flows into local streams, lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.

The total project construction cost is approximately $425,000, with the Washington State Department of Ecology funding $318,715 of the effort. The rest – $106,250 – is funded by Pierce County surface water management fees. Hoffman Construction Inc. is the contractor.


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Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 30

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 30, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed. Only federal- and state-approved herbicides are used.

Workers will also mow, cut brush and trim trees along roads during the spring and summer. The work, which will be carried out weather permitting, is part of Pierce County’s integrated roadside vegetation management program.

“Properly maintained roadsides are important for the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” said Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works road operations manager.

The annual maintenance also reduces fire danger, optimizes storm water drainage, helps control noxious weeds and non-native plants, and promotes native plant growth.

Renew “Owner Will Maintain” agreements

Property owners who do not want roadsides adjacent to their properties sprayed can sign an “Owner Will Maintain” agreement with Pierce County. Under this agreement, the property owner agrees to maintain the vegetation. If the property owner fails to perform as required, the maintenance of the right-of-way reverts to the county.

The agreement must be renewed each March. The owner must display a sign indicating their participation in the program prior to the application of herbicides.

Agreement applications and signs are available at the Central Maintenance Facility, 4812 196th St. E. in Spanaway, and by appointment at the West County Maintenance Facility, 13209 Goodnough Drive in Gig Harbor. Please call (253) 798-6000 for an appointment

More information can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/ownermaintain or by calling (253) 798-6000.


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Frederickson Meeting on transportation Mar 21

This is your friendly reminder about Saturday’s meeting. Bring your Frederickson transportation questions for the guest speaker. Hope to see you at 9 AM, @ Christ Christian Baptist Church, 8016 176th St. E.

The Guest Speaker for our March 21st meeting will be Letticia Neal, the Section Manager of Pierce County’s Transportation Improvement Department. She will speak about the intersection at Canyon Rd and 200th St. We have specifically asked about if any improvements will be made prior to the estimated 130 log trucks per day that are anticipated when the Sierra Pacific mill opens.

She will also let us know about any future plans to extend Canyon Rd. to the South. I have asked her to speak about the timetable for the construction of the missing section of 184th St. between 82nd & 86th Ave. That section is currently “out to bids”.

In addition, many of us see an abundance of survey stakes on 78th Ave at and around the 184th St. intersection. She will answer questions about these and any other transportation related items as time permits. We hope to see you there.


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What are those? Cameras?

PARKLAND, WA — You may have been noticing the construction around 112th Street and Pacific Avenue in DSC_2571Parkland lately. In the course of the changes in the underground utilities and the sidewalk disruption, several cameras appeared at the intersection. First, on the northbound lanes of Pacific; now, facing the eastbound lanes of 112th Street.

Our first email to the Washington State Department of Transportation resulted in a complete denial, but that was when we refered to them as traffic cameras. A phone call netted better results. You cannot call them cameras, you have to call them traffic sensors. They are the same as those big plates that used to be underneath the roadbed sensing cars stacking up for the signal. They also sense the emergency vehicles passing through.

Now the sensors are mounted on the bar with the signal light itself. Apparently it is far more cost effective because they don’t require digging up the roadway to repair and don’t have to be repaired when the roadway is being disrupted.

There are no red light traffic cameras in the unincorporated county, but do watch yourself in Tacoma on Pacific and 72nd.

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