Lakewood objects to Amtrak Plan

Council passes resolution asking State to address safety issues

On Tuesday, January 19th the Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the Point Defiance Bypass project as it is currently proposed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Since 2007, Lakewood has taken issue with the state’s decision to avoid an environmental review for this project in light of serious traffic and safety concerns.

The City Council underscored its support for viable transportation alternatives to congestion on Interstate 5 as it discussed the resolution on Tuesday night. Nonetheless, it noted that trains traveling at high speeds with no grade separation between trains and cars through urban areas, most of which are low-income, generated an unacceptable risk to community safety.

The resolution asks state and federal representatives to withhold financial support of the Point Defiance Bypass project until these concerns can be properly addressed.

A copy of this resolution is attached.