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Traffic Impacted by Construction, Pavement Patching

Lakewood drivers should expect an impact on traffic in the coming weeks from a number of different projects.

1)      Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th: Construction continues on this project which will require temporary lane closures.  Anticipate delays.  Construction will continue through Spring of 2015.

2)      Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza South; Pacific Hwy at 108th Street; 108th Street at RR Crossing: PSE Gas Main Replacement – Pavement Restoration:  Starting Monday evening, January 12, and continuing through the week, crews will be completing permanent pavement patching during the evenings (7 PM to 5 AM). (weather permitting)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Proclamation

On Monday, Jan. 5, the Lakewood City Council read a proclamation declaring Jan. 19, 2015 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 2015 as Black History Month. Mayor Don Anderson recognized the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and invited Ms. JoEthel Smith, the committee founder, to speak at the meeting.

Two days before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the City of Lakewood will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act with our 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

First City Council Meeting of 2015!

Monday, Jan.5 was the first Lakewood City Council meeting of 2015.

The City Council received the Youth Council's report, presented by Nicole Van Guilder. Ms. Van Guilder reviewed a very active December for the City Council.

The City Council began a series of proclamations by declaring Jan. 19, 2015 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and February 2015 as Black History Month. Mayor Don Anderson recognized the work of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and invited Ms. JoEthel Smith, the committee founder, to speak.

Next, the City Council proclaimed the month of January 2015 as National Mentoring Month. Representatives from the Lakewood Family YMCALakewood Branch of Boys & Girls Club, and Communities In Schools of Lakewood joined Councilmember John Simpson at the podium for the reading of the proclamation. Ms. Ellie Wilson, ofLakewood's Promise Caring Adult Task Force, spoke.

Councilmember Marie Barth read a proclamation recognizing Lakes High School art teacher Tracy Fortune for her accomplishments. Fortune was one of the first Clover Park School District educators to achieve national certification, and was named Washington State Art Educator of the Year. Moureen David, Assistant Superintendent
for Secondary Schools, and Tracy Fortune herself spoke.

Ms. Carole Jacobs of the Clover Park School District Board joined Councilmember Bocchi at the podium while he read the final proclamation of the night, declaring the month of January 2015 as School Board Recognition Month. Ms. Jacobs spoke on behalf of the school board.

The proclamations and presentations were concluded by the Clover Park School District Board Report, presented by Ms. Jacobs.

For photos from the meeting, check out our Facebook album .

#IamLakewood

Lakewood Officers' Charity, Fallen Officers Food Drive

Great job by our own Lakewood WA Police Department and the Lakewood Officers' Charity, which raised $1,300 this holiday season to help feed 150 families in Lakewood and bought Christmas gifts for even more children.

Also, the department raised $14,327 and 10,220 pounds of food through the Fallen Officers Food Drive. To put this into perspective, that is the equivalent of 184,000 (yes THOUSAND) meals which could feed 42 families of four, three meals a day, for an entire year!!! Emergency Food Network stated they distributed the food to the 60-plus food banks, meal sites and shelters in Pierce County. The generosity of our community at this food drive helped to bring happiness and hope into the lives of so many families during this holiday season.

Finally, we have a very Happy Chief indeed. Great job, everyone#IamLakewood 

I-5 Ramp Closures Scheduled in South Sound

Drivers using Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont will encounter numerous overnight ramp closures during the week of Jan. 5 as crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation continue work on the I-5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project. During the closures, drivers can use alternate routes.

Ramp closures

  • Westbound State Route 512 to southbound I-5 will close from10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, to 4 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.          
  • Gravelly Lake Drive to southbound I-5 will close from10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.
  • East and westbound SR 512 ramps to southbound I-5 will close from10 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 7, to 4 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8.
  • Bridgeport Way to southbound I-5 and Gravelly Lake Drive to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, to 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9.

WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help drivers. Drivers can visit Tacomatraffic.com , WSDOT’s traffic alerts and construction update webpages, and follow WSDOT’s regional Twitter account.