Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

WSDOT released the following traffic advisory today, Aug. 9, 2017:

Starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, drivers on westbound state Route 512 can expect to encounter a closure of the on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 while Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews repair damaged guardrail. The ramp is scheduled to reopen by 4 a.m. Thursday.

Traffic will be detoured during this time. Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes and plan extra travel time to reach their destinations. 

Lakewood has one of the youngest and most culturally diverse populations in the South Sound. The City Council recognized the significance of its diverse population in its vision statement, which identifies the important role diversity plays in the development of our city’s future.

To support this initiative, the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMC) was created. Community members comprise this group which has met regularly since October 2016 to discuss how to reach Lakewood residents to embrace our diversity as a community and provide more support.

Now, we need your help.

We have developed a survey to hear from the public about its views and ideas around diversity in Lakewood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and we hope will give us a snapshot of public sentiment. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Thank you.

Take the survey here.

Neighborhood block parties, barbecues and small parades are planned around Lakewood in celebration of National Night Out, which is Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The national event is focused on building partnerships between the community and police and growing camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer.

Join us for two city-sponsored celebrations at American Lake Park and Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Ave SW from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will also make visits to various neighborhoods.

Lakewood statement on U.S. District Court jury verdict:

In response to today’s decision by a U.S. District Court jury on the case involving the city of Lakewood and three members of its police department, the city offers the following statement:

While we don’t agree with the verdict, we respect the jury and its decision.

This case boiled down to dissecting and second-guessing over the course of three weeks the actions our officers took during a four-hour standoff where a child’s life was in danger as he was held hostage, dangled out a second-story window and used as a human shield by his father.

Tragically the culmination of events resulted in the loss of life, which will have lasting effects on Leonard Thomas’ family and the police officers involved.

The Lakewood Police Department is always reviewing its practices and procedures for improvement, but is confident the officers involved in this incident acted appropriately given the circumstances they faced.

The city thanks its WCIA legal counsel for its work on the case.

This is the city’s official statement, no additional comment will be offered.

The city's lodging tax application period is open and the city is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in the city. Funding for the projects come from the city's share of taxes that are collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels in city limits.

The application deadline is by 5 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017. 

Find the application here, along with more information about what is required to apply.

Wednesday, July 26, Mayor Don Anderson welcomed members from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded Warriors Family Support, who stopped in Lakewood as part of the 2017 Purple Heart Run - a 8,500-mile journey across the nation to raise awareness and support for combat wounded veterans.

At the visit Anderson declared Lakewood a "Purple Heart Community", showing our continued support for our service men and women and their families.

The cross country journey is being done in a modified, mobility-equipped 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck, which is being driven exclusively by amputee veterans. The run began at the foot of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. on July 1 and will end Aug. 13 in Dallas, Texas at the Military Order of the Purple Heart national convention.

That's also where the keys of the truck will be presented to Marine Sgt. (Ret.) Marshall Kennedy, a Purple Heart recipient from Arkansas who was selected as recipient of the truck. Kennedy was on his fourth deployment in 2011 when he lost his legs and severely wounded his left arm after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Road improvements are planned for the Oakbrook community over the next couple of weeks. While work is being done you can expect delays up to 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.

Here's the tentative timeline for when the work will happen. All work will be done between 7 am and 6 pm:

Thursday (7/13) and Friday (7/14) crews will remove paint and symbols from the roads where new chip seal will be applied (see the image below for impacted roads).

Monday (7/17) through Wednesday (7/19) the contractor will place the oil and chip seal, followed by a street sweeper Thursday (7/20).

Fog seal will be applied Friday (7/21) through Monday (7/24) (and maybe Tuesday 7/25).

While work is done please DO NOT:

  • Wash your car
  • Water your front lawn
  • Water down your driveway

Water will keep the new road surface from sticking.

Cars and objects left in the road that impede work will be towed or relocated at the owner’s expense.

Any questions and concerns can be sent to associate civil engineer Omar Barron, obarron@cityoflakewood.us or by calling (253) 983-7713. Thank you for your patience while this work is done. 

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