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Pierce County road crews prepare for winter weather

Pierce County is preparing now for winter weather on county roads.

Road operations crews from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities will spend Oct. 20 and 21 traveling their snow plow routes, setting up and recalibrating equipment, and reviewing the county’s Snow and Ice Response Plan in anticipation of winter weather.

“While mild weather is expected this winter, we will be ready to respond to snow and ice on county roads,” said Bruce Wagner, Public Works and Utilities road operations manager. “Residents can also prepare by making sure their car is in good working condition and putting together an emergency kit for their car that includes blankets, a flashlight, warm clothes and non-perishable foods.”

Residents can find suggestions for creating a three-to-seven day emergency kit for vehicles and winter driving tips at www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise.

About Pierce County snow and ice response

Pierce County maintains 3,150 lane miles of roadway in unincorporated Pierce County. Approximately 1,517 lane miles are identified as key arterial and lifeline routes that connect residential areas to service centers and state highways. The level of service these roads receive during winter weather is determined by several factors, including weather conditions, the classification of the roadway, and available resources.

“Our priorities during a snow and ice event are major arterials, lifeline emergency routes, access roads to highways and freeways, and Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes,” said Wagner. “If you can get out of your neighborhood and reach a key arterial during snow and ice events, you will likely find a drivable road.”

When a severe winter storm is forecast, Pierce County’s plan provides that crews apply anti-icing products to key arterials and lifelines routes assuming all resources are available. If heavy snowfall affects roads countywide, plow trucks with de-icing materials are deployed 24 hours a day when all resources are available until conditions improve.

The public can reach the Public Works and Utilities Road Operations Division 24 hours a day at (253) 798-6000 with requests for service. They may also fill out a Request for Action at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa.


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JBLM Overpass Construction Perimeter Rd CLOSED Oct 14-15

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Construction of the new Joint Base connector road and overpass project that links both segments of the joint base will enter the third phase of construction with the installation of twelve, 183-foot girders Tuesday evening.

Perimeter Road will be temporarily closed to local traffic between the intersections of 150th St. SW and Lincoln Road, and the intersection of Perimeter Road and Barnes Boulevard, beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, for 30-minute periods, as contractors begin installing the girders on overpass support pillars constructed during phase II.

The Joint Base connector project is entering the third of five phases and is on schedule to be completed in the Spring of 2015.

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Joint Base connector road and overpass construction project by phases:

Phase I of the project consisted of clearing trees from the projected construction path.

Phase II consisted of the construction of overpass support pillars, which caused the closure of the South Gate Road and the McChord Field Commercial Vehicle Inspection Point (CVIP).

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.


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Spanaway Park boat ramp and Bresemann Boulevard to close for construction Sept 15

The public boat ramp in Spanaway Park will be closed Sept. 15 to Oct. 24 so crews can replace the pavement in the ramp’s parking area with pervious pavement that will help filter out contaminants from stormwater before it enters the stormwater system. Bresemann Boulevard – the road through the park – will be closed to through traffic starting Sept. 15 while parking areas along the road are replaced with the pervious pavement. The road will open on the north side of the park on Oct. 25, and work on the south end is expected to be completed by November.

During the road closure, the community can access the park from the north entrance off Military Road and park in Parking Lot A. The playground and walking trails will remain open during park hours while construction takes place.

Currently, stormwater flowing over the streets, parking lots and other hard surfaces located in Spanaway Park and nearby neighborhoods picks up contaminants such as pet waste, leaks from cars, and other pollutants and enters the stormwater system and Spanaway Lake without treatment. These contaminants harm the lake’s water quality.

This work is part of a multi-year retrofit project is intended to disconnect the park’s stormwater system from the lake. This project and future phases will install pervious pavement, paver stones and stormwater filters, as well as several large, engineered rain gardens called bioretention areas. The new features will be designed to blend in with the park’s landscaping.

This project is funded primarily by stormwater retrofit grants from the Washington Department of Ecology. These grants are awarded to communities to help them comply with the Federal Clean Water Act, which requires communities to prevent pollution from entering waterbodies. The project will be completed in phases, as funding is available.

This phase will cost approximately $968,337. The general contractor is WHH Nisqually Federal Services, LLC. For more information about the project, visit www.co.pierce.wa.us/spanparklid.


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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?

http://www.celebratemydrive.com/home

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.

http://teendriving.statefarm.com/?locale=en

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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