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Council clarifies intent of ban on overnight tractor-trailer parking

The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, July 22, to clarify that a new ordinance is intended to ban overnight parking by tractor-trailers, not other large vehicles.

Astute constituents realized that legislation approved on July 15 had unintentionally restricted more than just semi trailers, but by the weight designation had also included larger work vehicles, such as Ford F350s and other super-duty type trucks. Many of them contacted the County Council.

By law, a council member who votes on the prevailing side of a passing proposal can call for reconsideration of the measure, allowing for it to be amended. The original bill, Ordinance 2014-49S, was sponsored by 3rd District Councilman Jim McCune, who called for the reconsideration.

As amended Tuesday on a 6-1 vote, Ordinance 2014-49S will ban commercial semi drivers from parking their trailers in the public right of way in designated residential areas between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Violating the ban after it takes effect in August will result in $175 fines by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The measure now goes to the County Executive, who has 10 days after she receives it to sign or veto the measure.


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Pierce County Council approves restrictions on tractor-trailer parking

After removing a provision dealing with increased parking fines in general, members of the Pierce County Council voted 6-1 to restrict the parking of semi trailers along the roadside in certain areas of the county at night.

Citing safety concerns for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists, the ordinance bans commercial semi drivers from parking their trailers in the public right of way in designated residential areas between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Councilmember Jim McCune supported the measure, which he says will help ease the frustration that neighbors have been experiencing in those areas.

“I began receiving repeated complaints from people in these parts of the county, asking us to do something to keep their streets clear of the unwanted obstructions,” said McCune, who represents the county’s 3rd Council District. “Rather than an all-out ban that could have potentially had negative effects on businesses and the economy, the council reached this compromise and I’m pretty pleased with the result.”

Another sponsor of the ordinance, Councilmember Rick Talbert, said he knows there are only a limited number of areas to park tractor-trailers overnight but that it’s a separate issue the council may take up at a future date.

“The fact is that neighbors in these areas were experiencing an increase in these incidents and something needed to be done to help curb that,” said Talbert, who represents Pierce County’s 5th District. “And the drivers who were offloading their trailers weren’t just catching a few winks and moving on. They’d leave their trailers parked in these neighborhoods indefinitely, creating not just an eyesore but significant safety concerns as well.”

Violating the new rules – which take effect August first – will result in $175 fines by the sheriff’s department. The overnight ban applies to public right of ways in unincorporated residential areas within Eatonville, Frederickson, Gig Harbor , Midland, Parkland, South Hill, and Spanaway.

For more information, please visit the county’s website on Ordinance 2014-49s.


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Bridge closure this weekend July 11

Drivers traveling on State Route 167 during the weekend of July 11 need to plan for delays as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation work to move the northbound Puyallup River Bridge 60 feet to the east. Moving the bridge will give design-build contractor, Atkinson Construction, the space they need to begin building a new northbound SR 167 span over the Puyallup River.  Relocating a 379-ton steel truss bridge will require contractor crews to close SR 167 across the Puyallup River for most of the weekend.

Weekend bridge closure details: At 9 p.m. Friday, July 11, all lanes of northbound and southbound SR 167 will close at the Puyallup River in Puyallup. The closure will remain in effect through 2 p.m., Sunday, July 13. Drivers will follow signed detour routes via SR 512. In addition to moving the northbound bridge, contractor crews will also work to resurface the concrete along the southbound bridge deck.

The actual bridge move is scheduled to begin the morning of Saturday, July 12. The move will be a slow process and will take most of the day to complete. Once the bridge has been relocated, crews will use the remainder of the weekend to pave roadway connections to both ends of the bridge and inspect it for any necessary repairs. Earlier this year the bridge was strengthened with steel plates to ensure it could be used as a detour during construction of the new bridge.

Drivers who need to travel through Puyallup during the weekend of July 11 should allow extra time to travel along the detour, travel early in the morning or later in the evening, reschedule discretionary trips, ride transit, carpool, or use other alternate forms of transportation. All current weight restrictions will remain in force once the northbound bridge re-opens to traffic.


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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal proposed for aviation projects

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Contact:Jackie Bayne, WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity, 360 705-7084

WSDOT seeking comments on the proposal

OLYMPIA – Contractors, trade and labor organizations, small and DSC_5028disadvantaged businesses, and others who are interested in doing business with the Washington State Department of Transportation are invited to comment on the agency’s proposed overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for Federal Aviation Administration funded contracts. WSDOT is proposing a 6.9 percent overall DBE participation goal on FAA funded projects for federal fiscal years 2015 through 2017 (Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2017). The purpose of the DBE program is to create a level playing field for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals wanting to participate in federally assisted highway, transit and aviation programs. DBE goals for federally funded transportation projects represent a percentage of the value of work in which minority- and women-owned businesses should participate.

WSDOT will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed DBE goals from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the WSDOT Northwest Region Headquarters, 15700 Dayton Ave. N., Shoreline. Those who can’t attend the Shoreline meeting can participate in a webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10. To register for the webinar, email DBESS@wsdot.wa.gov . Documents detailing the methodology used for determining the DBE goals are available for review at all WSDOT region headquarters offices and at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. S.E. in Olympia. They are also available online at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/equalopportunity/. WSDOT will consider all written comments received through July 31, 2014. Comments should be sent to: Jackie Bayne, Business Development & Compliance Consultant Washington State Department of Transportation Office of Equal Opportunity P.O. Box 47314 Olympia, WA 98504-7314 Or email: BayneJ@wsdot.wa.gov

 


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JBLM South Gate Closure this summer

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Construction has begun on a new road and overpass project that will cross over Perimeter Road, which bisects JBLM Lewis Main and McChord Field, to link both sides of the joint base. Service members who work on either side of JBLM will more easily travel back-and-forth without needing to exit or enter security gates.

Phase I of the project, clearing trees from the projected construction path, is nearing completion.

McChord Field Commercial Vehicle Inspection Point (CVIP) closure June 23 – August 23

Phase II, the construction of bridges support pillars will begin June 23 and last through August 23. The eight-week phase will involve placing pillars to support the overpass. JBLM will close South Gate Road and the McChord Field Commercial Vehicle Inspection Point (CVIP) while the bridge pillars are built.

Commercial vehicles that normally enter the McChord Field CVIP will use the McChord Field North Gate, which is located at the intersection of South Tacoma Way and 112th Street. The North Gate will be open for commercial vehicle traffic daily from 5:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

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Phase II is expected to be done by August 23; however, all road construction and paving projects are weather dependent and subject to change.

Phase III, installation of support girders on the overpass pillars is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2014. This will involve temporary lane closures on Perimeter Road and E. Lincoln Ave. for paving.

Phase IV, paving operations to connect the new road to Barnes Blvd., will be in the late Fall of 2014. There will be temporary lane closures on Barnes Blvd. with alternating one-direction of travel controlled by traffic flaggers. Detour signs will be setup in order to assist motorists around the closure areas.

The fifth and final phase of the project will occur during the winter months and consist of the finishing aspects of the project, such as curbing and lane striping. Project completion is set for the Spring of 2015.

JBLM officials will work to maintain the same level of service for drivers entering and exiting the base.

For more information, call the JBLM Public Affairs Office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0148. After regular duty hours, call (253) 967-0015 and ask for the JBLM public affairs officer on call.


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B Street Temporary Closure June 18-19

SPANAWAY, WA — On June 18 & 19, the section of B street in front of Spanaway Middle School will be temporarily closed. The closure is to build a sanitary sewer manhole.

The closure is from 152nd Street and 160th Street, 7 am to 7 pm daily. County Engineer Brian Stacy signed the notices posted on the roadway.


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Roads & Ferries – Transportation Survey

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has just released a new survey that will be used to guide state decision making on the future funding of our roads, bridges and ferries. We are at a critical cross road and these decisions will impact us all directly, so please take a minute to complete the survey below:

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The problem we face as a state: as vehicles become more fuel efficient or use alternative fuel sources, gas tax revenues for our roads, bridges and ferries declines – all while our transportation needs continue to grow across the state. There are no easy solutions, but one thing is clear: our continued reliance on the gas tax as our main source of funding for transportation needs is not sustainable long-term. Your input on this survey will help determine what kinds of potential changes will be considered and the impact those changes will have on your household.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. For your convenience, you may start/stop the survey and pick up where you left off whenever it is convenient for you.

Your participation is greatly appreciated and valued!

Dan O’Neal, Chairman Washington State Transportation Commission http://wstc.wa.gov/


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B Street intersection now open in Spanaway

SPANAWAY, WA — The new and improved intersection at B Street and 176th StreetDSC_8454 is now open in Spanaway. The north-south portion on B street through the intersection and the west side at 176th opened. On the east section from B Street to about 7th Avenue, the asphalt was still too hot for driving. It is anticipated to be open around 6 pm.

As I walked over to the Road Closed sign, the public works people began to remove the sign, then realized they still needed to flip the switch to turn the traffic signal back on, causing the drivers to wait a few moments longer.

As the first couple of cars crossed the intersection, cheers could be heard from drivers with their windows open in the warm sunny weather.


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Waller Road Adopt-A-Road Clean-up, May 17

Waller Road Adopt-A-Road Clean-up this Saturday, May 17, 2014

9:00 AM – Noon

The Summit-Waller Community Association invites any interested party  to participate in their litter patrol clean-up of Waller Road E from SR 512 to Pioneer Way E ( a 5 mile stretch ). Interested citizens should plan to sign-in at 9925 Waller Road E with John Goodspeed, and be assigned a portion of Waller Road to clean-up. Bags, reflective vests and hard hats will be provided.

“Community Service” - It’s the Spring Thing To Do!

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