John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
City Manager

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Aug. 21, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Repairs to I-5's Cracked Concrete Panels in Lakewood Begin This Weekend

A short-term project to preserve Interstate 5 from Lacey through Lakewood to Tacoma is about to get underway.  Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace 21 concrete panels on northbound and southbound I-5 between College Street in Lacey and 38th Street in Tacoma. Several nighttime lane and ramp closures will be necessary during this preservation project beginning Thursday, Aug. 20. Over the weekend, traffic congestion is expected to build throughout each day. Motorists should expect delays, especially on Sunday, Aug. 23. 

Thursday, Aug. 20, to the morning of Friday, Aug. 21 
  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane at milepost 126.7, just north of Bridgeport Way, in Lakewood. The first lane closure will start at 7 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.
  • Up to two lanes of southbound I-5 at milepost 131 near the Tacoma Mall will close. The first lane closure will start 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 21, to the morning of Saturday, Aug. 22
  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane at milepost 126.7, just north of Bridgeport Way, in Lakewood. Lane closures will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21. All lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes at milepost 131 near the Tacoma Mall. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21. All lanes will reopen by 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane at milepost 126, just south of the SR 512 interchange. The first lane closure will start at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 9 a.m.
  • The eastbound and westbound SR 512 on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. During the ramp closure, drivers will detour via northbound I-5 and through the 72nd Street interchange.
Saturday, Aug. 22, to the morning of Sunday, Aug. 23
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane at milepost 126, just south of the SR 512 interchange. The first lane closure will begin at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22. All lanes will reopen at by 12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.
  • The eastbound and westbound SR 512 on-ramps to southbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. Drivers will detour via northbound I-5 and through the 72nd Street interchange.
  • Some of the concrete panels were installed when I-5 first opened during the early 1960s. The large concrete squares are now severely cracked, broken and chipped. 
  • Replacing the panels help keep traffic and freight moving, and reduce the need for costly and inconvenient emergency repairs when potholes suddenly appear. 
  • Similar lane closures will take place the weekend of Aug. 28 on northbound I-5 in Lacey between mileposts 109 and 112, and in Tacoma between mileposts 129.5 and 130.5 near 72nd Street.

Major Road Work Update

Here is a weeklong list of major road projects in the City of Lakewood beginning Friday, Aug. 21:

  • Murray Road at I-5 NB Ramps – Guardrail Repair: Pierce County Crews will be working on Saturday, Aug. 22 to repair guardrail at Murray Road, just south of the northbound I-5 ramps.  Temporary lane closures will take place, however, two-way traffic will be maintained.
  • Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood Drive to South Tacoma Way – Overlay: During the week of Aug. 24, concrete curb ramps will be upgraded to current ADA standards and video detection cameras installed at the Steilacoom Boulevard and Lakewood Drive traffic signal.  This work will occur during day time work hours and require temporary lane closures to accomplish this work. Nights - Aug. 26-28:  Asphalt pavement Grinding and patching work.  Half of the roadway will be closed at a time, with one lane of traffic operating in each direction. Paving (night work) anticipated to take place mid- September.
  • Bridgeport Way – Pacific Highway to 112th - OverlayDuring the week of Aug. 24, concrete curb ramps will be upgraded to current ADA standards.  This work will occur during day time work hours and require temporary lane closures to accomplish this work.  Nights-Aug 31-Sept. 1 – Asphalt pavement grinding and patching work.  Half of the roadway will be closed at a time, with one lane of traffic operating in each direction. Paving (night work) anticipated to take place mid-September. 
  • Major Arterials – City-Wide (paint striping)Pierce County crews are expected in Lakewood continuing next week to complete paint re-striping on several major arterials.  Please pay attention to the paint crew trucks to avoid tracking fresh paint.
  • Veterans Drive (area) Phase 4 – Water Main Replacement (Lakewood Water District Project)Lakewood Water District’s Veterans Drive Phase 4 project is currently under construction and will continue for the next one to two months.  Expect temporary lane closures / detours.  For more information:  http://www.lakewood-water-dist.org/50-year-rr-projects
  • Railroad Crossing Utility Relocation Work – Communication Casing Installation at Berkeley Street and North Thorne Lane RR CrossingIn early September, communication contractors will be closing Berkeley Street over one to two days on a weekend in order to install a casing across Berkeley Street at the railroad crossing.  Vehicles will be detoured to North Thorne Lane.  On a separate weekend, the same work will take place at North Thorne Lane RR Crossing. 
  •  Woodbrook Sewer ExtensionThe City’s contractor is scheduled to begin construction of sewer main in the Woodbrook Neighborhood along Woodbrook Drive and 150th Street at the end of August.  During construction, these roads will be closed (allowing local access only) with detours to 146th Street.  More information to come.

ADC Northwest Regional Forum

On Thursday and Friday, the Association of Defense Communities held its Northwest Regional Forum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. ADC is brought together community and industry leaders - including Mayor Don Anderson, former Mayor Doug Richardson and City Manager John Caulfield - from throughout the Northwest to gather intelligence on the latest Defense Department actions and how those pressing issues may affect the region. Defense communities are facing an increasingly urgent set of concerns — budget cuts, a looming round of base closures, evolving missions, and force realignments and reductions — all of which will have a major impact on installations, communities, states and regions. Given the scale of these challenges, it is imperative for local and state government officials, community leaders, and other key stakeholders to understand the current defense environment and the role leaders can play in supporting their defense infrastructure.

Condolences, Support For Firefighters

The City of Lakewood sends its thoughts and condolences to the families and friends of the U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed while fighting a wildfire in Okanogan County. The City also sends its support to firefighters and emergency crews who continue to battle the flames.

Economic Development

Business Showcase: RMG Club at Oakbrook

On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council recognized RMG Club at Oakbrook as its Business Showcase for Aug. 2015.

Like trying to correct a sliced tee shot that lands far right of the fairway, resuscitating a struggling business is not easy.

And if the business is a private golf club steeped in a tradition of exclusivity, it makes the job especially difficult. Such was the case when RMG Golf Course Management decided to purchase what was then known as the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club in 2012.

The golf course management company owned by South Sound native Ryan Moore – one of the top professional golfers in the world – was no stranger to Oakbrook. CEO Mike Moore had played the course for decades. He knew its lush fairways, fast greens and towering oaks.

He also knew that Oakbrook was a private club, one that built a reputation over the decades of being off-limits to non-members, a.k.a., the general public. Mike Moore said that type of exclusivity is the reason many private golf clubs are struggling across the U.S., including Oakbrook, which had less than 100 active members when RMG purchased the course.

“Our goal was to grow the game,” Mike Moore says. “The challenge became, “How can we build a business model that honors members and yet supports the club?”

Read the rest of the Business Showcase on RMG Club at Oakbrook .

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 24, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Comprehensive Plan update
  • Review of cottage housing code amendments
  • Review of Comcast franchise agreement
  • Review of interlocal agreement for Fire Marshal services
  • Review of rental housing code
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of Comprehensive Plan process guidance

 

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

September 8, 2015 (Tuesday) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 2015 as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Proclamation declaring September 2015 as National Literacy Month.
  • Proclamation declaring September 18, 2015 as Lakewood Playhouse Theatre Day
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Setting September 21, 2015 as the public hearing date regarding the City of Tacoma’s Proposition 3 utility tax levy
  • Bid award traffic signal upgrade Phase 5 (tentative)
  • Adopt Comcast franchise agreement
  • Repeal rental housing code
  • Approve Lakeview Light &Power contract regarding LED streetlighting project.
  • Approve ILA for Fire Marshal services
  • Approve copiers contract
  • Reports by the City Manager – Review of lodging tax funding methodology (tentative)

 

The City Council will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, September 12, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in City Hall, Executive Conference Room 3A, located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

September 12, 2015 (Saturday) Retreat, 8:30 AM

  • Review of Community Visioning Plan