John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager


February 3, 2017


To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Amtrak high-speed train testing begins Feb. 7

Trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will pass through Lakewood starting Feb. 7 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Amtrak passenger trains will run as part of Sound Transit's signal testing for the Point Defiance Bypass Project. The testing will occur along the section of track from the Tacoma Dome station to the Nisqually Junction.

The test period runs through Feb. 15. People are asked to use caution whenever near the railroad right of way. Police will be stationed at the at-grade intersections during the testing to make sure people are safe.

Testing will also occur Feb. 25 and 26.

Potential traffic delays are to be expected at the following intersections during the test period:

  • South 66th Street
  • South 74th Street
  • Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
  • 100th Street SW
  • 108th Street SW
  • Bridgeport Way Southwest
  • Clover Creek Drive Southwest
  • North Thorne Lane Southwest
  • Berkeley Avenue Southwest
  • 41st Division Drive
  • DuPont-Steilacoom Road

The $89.1 million rail project is part pf a larger state Department of Transportation program to improve service across western Washington along the intercity passenger rail corridor. Once complete Amtrak's passenger trains will run along the inland rail line through DuPont, Lakewood and Tacoma. Sound Transit already uses a portion of this route for its Sounder commuter rail service between Lakewood and Tacoma.

For project information or more information about the signal testing happening this month visit Sound Transit's Point Defiance Bypass project webpage .

Construction Updates

South Tacoma Way, state Route 512 to 96th Street roadway improvements: Sarting Feb. 6 there is ongoing work at the traffic signal at South Tacoma Way and 100th Street Soutwest. The new signal will be turned on Feb. 9 and the old signal removed Feb. 10. Drivers should expect lane closures during the signal work. New road signs will go up.

Starting Feb. 13 work will begin on curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the roadway and concrete repairs. Paving will be done on 96th Street west of South Tacoma Way. Lane closures will be necessary to do the work.

Night work will occur on the traffic signal at state Route 512, which will result in lane closures and some intersection closures. Drivers are asked to be patient and use alternate routes where possible.

Upcoming City Council meetings

All meetings start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood.

Regular meeting, Feb. 6, 2017. Agenda items include:

  • Municipal Court Judge Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Proclamation declaring Toastmaster’s Week – Major Heath Dickinson, President, Lakewood Toastmasters Club
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Update – Mr. Mark Lindquist
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting April 3, 2017 as the date for a public hearing on vacating a portion of Pacific Highway from Chicago Avenue and New York Avenue
  • Public Hearing on Six Year 2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program amendments re: Dekoven Drive traffic calming
  • Adopt accepting donations ordinance
  • Amending the parks code
  • Approve agreement to abate Golden Lion
  • Approve West-Pierce Fire agreement for emergency management coordinator services

Study session Feb. 13, 2017. Agenda items include:

  • Information Technology Plan update
  • Review of flood plain code amendments
  • Review of Title 18A code amendments including sign code and tree maintenance
  • Review of 2017 Comprehensive Plan schedule
  • Review of pan handling code amendments

Advisory boards still seek new members

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer. Descriptions of boards with openings:

  • Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board.  Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Two vacancies, term runs through 12/31/2019.
  • Community Services Advisory Board . Members conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Council on community service funding, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 12/15/2020.
  • Arts Commission . Members promote visual, performing and literary arts and encourage creative contribution of local artists, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 10/15/2017.
  • Lakewood's Promise Advisory Board . Members serve as advisory board to the City Council regarding the Lakewood's Promise mission and youth development, among other responsibilities. One vacancy, term runs through 5/21/2020.

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .

Happy Hearts Dinner Auction February 4th 

Caring for Kids' annual Happy Hearts Dinner Auction is Saturday. The fundraiser supports underserved children in the community. Last year, Caring for Kids distributed more than 8,000 books, 3,000 dental kits, many many meals and more. Founder Diane Formoso works with other community groups to tackle poverty including St. Leo Food Connection and Tillicum Community Center. Buy tickest from Diane at .

Boots 'N Bling father daughter dance is Feb. 25

This year's father-daughter dance is going western and attendees are encouraged to dress the part. Festivities include dancing, a "glow" booth with wigs, signs, and props for fun pictures to remember the night. Refreshments and snacks for all ages will be served. Visit the city's parks and recreation special event page for more information.

What: Boots 'n Bling father-daughter dance

When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m.

Where: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

Tickets: $25/pair (one father and one daughter), $10 each additional daughter

More: To volunteer and learn more contact Sally Martinez, or (253) 983-7758