Public invited to online open house for SR 510, Yelm Loop completion project

Supplemental Environmental Assessment available for review, comment WSDOT, YELM — People can learn more about the next steps in the Washington State Department of Transportation’s  State Route 510, Yelm Loop project via an online open house.   The project will build the remaining 3 miles of State Route 510 between Cullens Road and SR 507….

Guardrail, retaining walls coming to section of 264th Street East

[Editor Note: this is just east of Chase Gardens where you drop down from Kapowsin into the Puyallup Valley.] About 600 feet of guardrail will be installed on the outside edge of 264th Street East to increase safety. The work will start May 17 and is expected to be complete in late June. The work…

Where is the traffic?

By Marianne Lincoln I looked at the traffic count report for Pierce County today and decided to compile a list. As you look, please note in your mind, at these levels of traffic, which type of road surface does it have. Also ask yourself, how many lanes are taking this number of cars. Pacific Avenue…

Thorne Lane on-ramp to I-5 closes for 3 months

Work leads to permanent ramp changes for travelers, removes potential railroad intersection delays WSDOT LAKEWOOD — Travelers should prepare for a new stage of work on the I-5 Steilacoom-DuPont Road to Thorne Lane Corridor Improvements project. Once finished this construction will permanently change the way travelers exit to Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane. Weather permitting,…

Tetatzin named new Pierce County Planning and Public Works director

Jennifer Tetatzin, a retired United States Navy commander, has been named Pierce County’s Planning and Public Works Director, pending confirmation by the Pierce County Council. Tetatzin most recently served as a Senior Principal Advisor in the Washington, D.C. area for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a non-profit, professional services company.  As a senior consultant for the Department…

I-5 South slowdowns Nov. 22

The Washington Dept of Transportation is advising that early morning travelers who use Interstate 5 near DuPont in Pierce County and Lacey in Thurston County will see minor delays on Sunday, Nov. 22. Crews working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are removing an aerial utility line that crosses the interstate just south of Mounts…

Final Environmental Impact Statement released

From Pierce County: The draft updates have progressed through public open houses, land use advisory commission meetings and the Planning Commission’s final recommendations to the County Council. Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the council’s consideration process has been postponed. Final Environmental Impact Statement released Part of the update process…