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I-5 Lane, Ramp Closures in Lakewood (Sept. 22)

(From the Washington State Department of Transportation)

Drivers using Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont will encounter numerous overnight detours and ramp and lane closures the week of Sept. 22, as construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation continue electrical work for the I-5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management and I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 ITS & Ramp Revisions projects.

Motorists will want to pay particular attention to the lane closures scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday nights when I-5 will be reduced to one lane and redirected through the Thorne Lane interchange.

Note that all work is weather dependent and will be postponed in the event of rain.

Monday, Sept. 22

  • At 11 p.m. southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane near Mounts Road in DuPont at milepost 117.2. All lanes will re-open at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

  • At 10 p.m., two ramps will close:
    • Center Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5; and
    • Southbound I-5 exit to Mounts Road
  • At 11 p.m., northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane near Mounts Road. All lanes will and the ramps will re-open at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane, and that one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange. All lanes will re-open at 4 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 25.

Thursday, Sept. 25

  • At 11 p.m. northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane, and that one lane will be redirected through the I-5/Thorne Lane interchange. All lanes will reopen at 4 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Sept. 26

  • Northbound I-5 will again be reduced to one lane at 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 near Bridgeport Way through 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Police Arrest Two Suspects After Attempted Lakewood Bank Robbery

Lakewood Police Officers have arrested a husband and wife who allegedly tried, unsuccessfully, to rob a Lakewood bank earlier this week.

Brittney Winston, 26, was arrested about 1 p.m., Thursday at her residence in Parkland and taken into custody. She was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree robbery.

Michael David Winston II, 27, is at a Tacoma hospital, recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during the attempted robbery, and is currently under the guard of Lakewood Police Officers. When he is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Pierce County Jail on the same charge.

The Lakewood Police Department had been searching for Brittany Winston since Monday, when she is accused of trying to help her husband rob a Bank of America branch. According to LPD, Michael Winston pulled a gun on an armored car driver demanding money. The armored car driver instead shot the suspect multiple times in self defense, the driver told Police. Winston ran out of the bank to a car, where his wife was waiting, according to authorities.

Lakewood Police Detectives say Brittney Winston drove her husband to the Tacoma hospital.

According to The News Tribune , Brittney Winston is believed to have started up an online fundraising page to raise money for her family on Fundly.com.

Lakewood City Council Passes $20 Vehicle License Fee to Help Pay For Much-Needed Street Improvements

On September 15, 2014, the Lakewood City Council, acting as the Transportation Benefit District Board, voted to enact a $20 vehicle license fee that will help pay for millions of dollars in much-needed improvements to street and transportation improvements throughout the community

The City Council authorized the annual fee on a 6-1 vote. Beginning in March, the fee will apply to the following:

• Auto stage, six seats or less

• Commercial trailer

• For hire vehicle, six seats or less

• Mobile home (if registered)

• Motor home

• Motorcycle

• Passenger car

• Sport utility vehicle

• Tow truck

• Trailer, over 2000 pounds (but if private use single axel, it’s exempt)

• Travel trailer; and

• Each vehicle subject to grow weight license fees with a scale weight of six thousand pounds or less

The following vehicles are exempt from the $20 vehicle license fee:

• Campers, as defined in RCW 46.04.085

• Farm tractors or farm vehicles, as defined in RCW 46.04.180 and 46.04.181

• Mopeds, as defined in RCW 46.04.304

• Off-road and non-highway vehicles, as defined in RCW 46.04.365

• Private use single-axel trailer, as defined in RCW 46.04.422

• Snowmobiles, as defined in RCW 46.04.546; and

• Vehicles registered under chapter 46.87 RCW and the international registration plan.

The vehicle licensing fee is expected to generate $4.08 million between 2015 and 2020. The City will also pay $5.06 million out of its general fund that will be identified in the 2015-16 budget biennium, combining for a total of $9.14 million.

That revenue - along with revenue generated from sources such as the real estate excise tax, motor vehicle fuel tax and grants – will end up giving Lakewood residents nearly $15.6 million worth of much-needed improvements to City streets and roads between 2015 and 2020:

Project

Cost

Steilacoom Blvd – Lakewood Drive to west of South Tacoma Way

$800,000

Pacific Hwy – 108th Street to State Route 512

$595,000

100th Street – Lakeview Avenue to South Tacoma Way

$529,000

Chip Seal Program – Local Access Roads

$1,995,000

New LED Street Lights

$975,000

Signal Projects

$690,000

Minor Capital Projects

$300,000

Neighborhood Traffic Safety

$150,000

Personnel, Engineering, Professional Services

$2,913,000

Lakewood Drive – 100th Street to Steilacoom Blvd

$900,000

Lakewood Drive – Flett Creek to north City limits

$1,155,000

Main Street – Gravelly Lake Drive to 108th Street

$331,000

59th Avenue – Main Street to 100th Street

$496,000

59th Avenue – 100th Street to Bridgeport Way

$276,000

108th Street – Bridgeport Way to Pacific Highway

$661,000

108th Street – Main Street to Bridgeport Way

$743,000

Custer Road – Steilacoom Blvd to John Dower Road

$540,000

88th – Steilacoom Blvd to Custer Road

$300,000

100th Street – 59th to Lakeview Avenue

$1,320,000

Total

$15,669,000

The Lakewood City Council has examined ways to make the much-needed improvements to Lakewood streets – which were inherited from Pierce County after incorporation in 1996 – for nearly two years. It reduced costs in as many areas as possible, but as Mayor Don Anderson said, the vehicle licensing fee was unavoidable for the City to maintain and improve streets the way residents expect.

“Our City has worked the past two years to make sure we did everything we could to deliver residents a street improvement program that they want and would pay dividends in the future,” Anderson says. “Unfortunately, there was no way to do that without implementing this vehicle license fee … We know that it might be difficult for some, but we hope that residents, in general, view this as an investment in their community.”

Community Vision Plan Workshop on Sept. 23

  • WHAT: Lakewood Community Vision Plan Workshop
  • WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd.

Want to help chart the future of the City of Lakewood? You'll get your chance Sept. 23 at the Sharon McGavick Center.

That's when the City is holding a Community Vision Plan workshop. Community visioning describes the process to develop consensus about what future the community wants, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. The City of Lakewood is in the process of updating its Community Vision Plan, which will serve as a guide for the future of Lakewood. Your input is critical to this process!

This workshop will be a fun, interactive event open to the entire community and will offer a number of ways for you to provide input into the visioning process. Workshop activities include: a brief presentation about what visioning is, interactive polling of the audience where you can tell us what you like and what you don’t, and a group visioning exercise where you will develop scenarios for the future of Lakewood. These scenarios will help develop the foundation for the Community Vision Plan.

To help us plan for this workshop, please click on the link here to indicate whether you plan to attend the visioning workshop.   [link = https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lakewood9-23-14 ]

For more information about the Community Vision Plan, please visit the City’s website at www.cityoflakewood.us/visionplan .

Toxic Algae Bloom at American Lake

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to know there is a toxic algae bloom in American Lake. The lake is unsafe for people and pets in areas with algae.

  • Keep children and pets away from areas with algae
  • Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae

You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.

Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention.

The risk to pets is much greater than the risk to people. Pets have smaller body sizes and are more likely to drink water containing a heavy concentration of algae. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Runoff from fertilizers, animal and human waste reach our lakes and contribute to algae growth. Reducing the use of fertilizers, properly maintaining septic systems, and properly disposing of pet waste helps improve water quality in lakes, streams, groundwater, and Puget Sound.

For more information, please contact Ray Hanowell at (253) 798-2845 (rhanowell@tpchd.org ), or Lindsay Tuttle at (253) 798-3530 (ltuttle@tpchd.org ), or visit our website atwww.tpchd.org/toxicalgae .

-Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department