Recent County Planning Changes Challenged

By Marianne Lincoln, February 23, 2021 Three separate challenges to the recently adopted planning amendments called Centers and Corridors have been submitted to the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board. The challenges caused the Pierce County Council to delay the effective dates at today’s County Council meeting (2-23-2021). The implementation of the plans was delayed…

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…

50% Growth in 25 years – PSM Plan

[Editor Note: Contrast this with the County information about Frederickson, you can clearly see their bias toward growing Frederickson. Frederickson tripled (300%) P-S-M is noted to have grown 50% in that same timeframe. The Census of 2020 will tell us more soon.] From the Pierce County Planning page for the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Plan PIERCE COUNTY —…

Anderson Island ferry service suspended

Pierce County Ferry service is suspended until further notice following a failure of the Anderson Island dock. A marine contracting crew is on-scene and assessing the situation and making the repair to the dock. Please plan for ferry service to be suspended throughout the morning. Another update will be provided at 10 a.m. about next…

Road Work near LaGrande – SR7 closures

State Route 7 slope stabilization work begins in July Travelers will see daytime closures of SR 7 near La Grande EATONVILLE – Travelers heading to Alder Lake and Mount Rainier National Park on State Route 7 this summer and fall will want to plan extra travel time into their adventures. As early as July 15,…

On the move: I-5 lanes in Tacoma to shift

New construction phase requires two traffic shifts TACOMA – Contractor crews building a new southbound Interstate 5 bridge across the Puyallup River in Tacoma are getting ready to enter a new phase of construction that will move traffic in all lanes of I-5 from McKinley Way to the Port of Tacoma Road into new configurations….

Weekend Lane Closures on I-5 Nisqually

[Editor Note: This means serious traffic on SR507 in Yelm, McKenna & Roy and SR7 in Spanaway Parkland] LACEY – People who travel on northbound Interstate 5 in Nisqually should plan for two weekends of significant delays due to around-the-clock lane closures. The work scheduled June 7-10 and June 14-17 will allow contractor crews working…

WSDOT Pierce Cty Transportation Survey

Pleas take a few minutes out of your busy day to give feedback to the State of Washington on needed improvements to the transportation in Pierce County. Here is the link. The survey is broken into section for each area they are studying. You have to select one at a time, then choose to go…

One lane Pacific Avenue? AKA How to destroy a community

[Editorial story] Remember the train accident in January that close I-5 near the Nisqually River? Remember the traffic that followed through Roy, Spanaway and Parkland? There is no doubt, SR-7 through Spanaway and Parkland is an alternate route to the I-5 freeway. With that in mind, consider making Pacific Avenue only one lane each direction….

HIGH Capacity Transit Corridor – soon

Alexandra Mather, the Government and Community Relations Officer for Pierce Transit and her colleague, Darin Stavish, are going to share some information on a Pierce Transit project to build a high capacity transit corridor (HCT) – from downtown Tacoma to Spanaway along SR -7. They would like to engage citizens, give you more information and…