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WSDOT: Detour On SR 512 Starts Next Week

Drivers on westbound State Route 512 heading to southbound Interstate 5 in Lakewood should expect a detour one night next week.

From 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 through 4 a.m. Thursday, July 3, crews will close the westbound State Route 512 exit to southbound I-5. Drivers will follow a signed detour.

The closure will allow crews to install infrastructure to support “smart highway ” devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and relay roadway information to the public. The work is related to the I-5 – SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project.

Drivers can check the latest roadway conditions with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s online travel tools such as the travel alerts webpages. Drivers can also download WSDOT’s mobile app .

- Washington State Department of Transportation

City Offers Condolences To Lancer Brigade

This week, the City of Lakewood offered its condolences Col. Louis A. Zeisman, Commander of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division - the City's Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord - in light of the tragic loss of Pfc. Andrew Sass on June 21 in California.

Here is the letter Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield sent to Col. Zeisman:

On behalf of the City of Lakewood, we would like to express our sincere condolences, sympathies and support to you and the Lancer Brigade for your loss. Our hearts go out to Pfc. Andrew Sass’ wife, family and friends who are affected and deeply shocked by this sudden and tragic accident.

The Lancer Team has suffered a tragedy, and our community and country have suffered a tremendous loss as well. Please know that we will keep Pfc. Sass, his loved ones and the Lancer Team in our thoughts and prayers. We know that the coming days and weeks will be difficult ones for you, and if there is anything our City can do to assist, please feel free to call upon us.

Very sincerely,

Don Anderson, Mayor

John Caulfield, City Manager

City Posts Draft Six-Year TIP

The City of Lakewood has posted a draft of its Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Improvement (TIP) Program: .

State law requires the City to update the plan annually, as the plan is necessary for cities and counties to obtain State and Federal funding.

The TIP program is based on anticipated revenues versus desirable projects. There are always more projects than revenue, so the program’s primary objective is to produce a comprehensive, realistic program for the development and preservation of the City of Lakewood’s street system. The plan is consistent with the Growth Management Act (GMA), and the projects are funded with City, State and Federal monies.

A public hearing on the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, July 7, at the Lakewood City Council meeting. The meeting takes place at Lakewood City Hall, inside the City Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW.

If you have comments or questions, contact the Transportation Division of the City of Lakewood Public Works Department, (253) 983-7795 or .

City Conducts Active Shooter, 'Warm Zone' Training

On Wednesday, the Lakewood Police Department conducted an active shooter training that involved West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Town of Steilacoom, Bonney Lake Police, Clover Park School District and other agencies.

This wasn't the first time the City's Police Department has conducted a multi-agency simulation of a gunman (or woman) who has fired shots inside of a school building, but Thursday's approach was a bit nuanced. As Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro explained, the simulation implemented the "Warm Zone" tactic, which allows victims to get medical help quicker.

Traditionally in a shooting, law enforcement would have to make sure an entire building is secured before medics could enter and tend to victims. In an emergency where a suspect is on the loose, that approach could cost minutes, perhaps hours, before victims can get help.

That lag time could be the difference between life and death.

On Wednesday, however, law enforcement and medics weren't waiting for Mann Middle School to be completely cleared. Instead, law enforcement created a "Warm Zone," where they would secure a part of the building and bring in medics to tend victims. The medics are accompanied by police, and they worked quickly to treat victims and get them out of the building as quickly and as safely as possible.

Police and fire departments across Pierce County are utilizing the "Warm Zone" tactic, Zaro says. "A lot of agencies around the country are looking at Pierce County as a model," he said.

West Pierce, Police Help Save Dog's Life

The following is a news release from West Pierce Fire & Resuce regarding a fire at a Lakewood home Friday in which the fire department and the Lakewood Police Department helped save a dog's life:

At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Friday, June 20, West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fire at 5703 110th Street SW in Lakewood. Crews arrived to find a working fire at the home.

Crews entered the home looking for any occupants and found a large dog during their search. They performed CPR and gave the dog oxygen, which revived the dog. Lakewood Police transported the dog to the local animal hospital to recover. The occupants of the home were outside upon fire department arrival and no other injuries were reported.

The fire was extinguished after using the ladder truck’s water supply. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.