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Winter Weather Tips

As fall and winter weather intensifies, Lakewood residents should keep in mind a number of safety tips.

  • Falling leaves and heavy rains can clog storm drains, potentially flooding neighborhood streets.
    • Check storm drains near your property to make sure they are free of leaves and debris. Rake leaves away from blocked storm drains and dispose with yard waste.
    • Street sweepers cannot pick up large piles of leaves, so please do not rake or blow leaves from your property into the street.
    • Do not remove the grate!
  • Create a family plan.
    • Identify a safe route from their home, school and work to high ground, a meeting place for family members in case they are separated, and an out-of-state contact to call if local phone lines are busy or down.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
    • Include at least a seven-day supply of food and water, first aid supplies, extra clothing and blankets, prescription medicine, and hygiene and sanitation supplies.
  • Exercise caution while driving.
    • Hydroplaning becomes a serious concern in heavy rain. Remember to brake and accelerate carefully.
    • When the temperature drops, ice may form on the road even if you cannot see it.

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Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration at Fort Steilacoom Park

The Waves for Water Cyclocross Collaboration , a two-day professional cyclocross racing event, will ride through Lakewood Dec. 7. The first race begins Dec. 6 at Pacific Lutheran University. The second race, on Dec. 7, starts at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Cyclocross, a form of bike racing that has become especially popular in the Northwest, is a blend of traditional road and mountain biking. Cyclocross courses can feature sand, asphalt, grass, trails, steep hills and other obstacles. At some points in a race riders can expect to dismount and carry their bikes.

The race is hosted by Low Pressure Promotions and Waves for Water, a non-profit dedicated to providing clean water to communities in need around the world. Each race day will focus on bringing attention and financial support to one of two Waves for Water projects. The race through Fort Steilacoom Park will help raise money for a plan to bring clean drinking water to 10,000 people in the country of Nepal.

The two-day event is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union and gives racers an opportunity to earn points to qualify for the national championships on Jan. 7 through the 11 in Austin, Texas. This race replaces the recently canceled Deschutes Brewery Cup that was to take place in Bend, OR. Registration for the Waves for Water race opens Nov. 12 at .

To learn more about Waves for Water, check out their website at .

I-5 Road Work Begins Friday

Weather permitting, construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will install roadway data loops from Friday, Nov. 7, to Wednesday, Nov. 12, as part of the Interstate 5 - SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management project. Data loops embedded into the pavement are used by WSDOT to calculate speeds and congestion levels of traffic, and allow WSDOT to better manage traffic and communicate traffic conditions to the public.

Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, crews will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes near Bridgeport Way at milepost 126 in Lakewood. At 11 p.m., crews will close the Center Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 in DuPont. All lanes and ramps will reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

At 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, southbound I-5 in Lakewood 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., Thursday, Nov. 13.

All work is weather dependent. If rain is in the forecast, the work will be rescheduled at a later date.

Open House on South Tacoma Way Improvements (Multiple Languages)

  • WHAT: Open House on South Tacoma Way improvements
  • WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18
  • WHERE: Pierce Transit Training Center, Rainier Room, 3720 96th St., Lakewood
  • WHAT ELSE: Meet the design tean, learn about the project and what to expect during construction

Curious about the upcoming project to improve South Tacoma Way?

The City of Lakewood is hosting an Open House to educate citizens and business owners on Nov. 18 in the Rainier Room of the Pierce Transit Training Center.

Attendees will be able to meet the design team behind the improvement project and check out exhibits showcasing the future changes. A project fact sheet and schedule will also be available, so citizens can know exactly what to expect during construction.

Citizens can drop in at any time during the Open House’s two-hour duration to learn more about the project and how it may affect them or their business. Staff will be on hand to discuss the project and answer questions.

If citizens need translation services, please contact us prior to Thursday, Nov. 13. For any questions, please contact Weston Ott, PE, at (253) 983-7725 or by email at .


업소 주인 또는 주민 여러분들께

레이크우드 시에서 2015년 여름 공사 진행 일정에 대해서 좀 더 알기를 원하는 분들을 위해 오픈 하우스를 하게 됩니다.

장소 :  피어스 트랜짓 트레이닝 센터, 레이니어 룸     3720 96TH St. SW, Lakewood, WA

시간 : 2014년 11월 18일 (화요일)                         오후 4시 30분부터 오후 6시 30분

오픈하우스 내용:

공사 담당자들과의 만남                  공사기간에 예상되는 점들

공사 설계도면 전시                          공사 자료표

공사 일정표


오픈 하우스 시간에 아무때나 오셔서 공사 계획에 대하여 들어 보시고, 이번 공사가 여러분이나 여러분의 고객들에게 어떤 영향을 줄지 아시길 바랍니다. 저희 직원들이 공사에 대한 여러분들이 질문에 답을 성심 성의껏 해드릴 것입니다.

만일 오픈하우스에 한국어 통역이 필요하시면 11월 13일 목요일까지 알려주시기 바랍니다. 질문이 있으시면 웨스턴 오트에게 전화 (253) 983-7725 또는 이메일로 연락 해 주시기 바랍니다.


Estimado Residente y/o Propietario

La ciudad de Lakewood ha organizado una sesión informática abierta a todos que desean aprender más acerca de este proyecto de construcción de la calle South Tacoma Way entre el highway 512 y la calle 96 programado para el verano de 2015.                


Pierce Transit Training Center, Rainier Room, 3720 96th St SW Lakewood, WA

Fecha y Hora: Martes, 18 de Noviembre de 2014  4:30pm a 6:30pm

Habrá oportunidad de conocer a los diseñadores del proyecto, aprender lo que se puede esperar durante la construcción del proyecto, mirar los dibujos y hacer preguntas.

Le invitamos a visitar el lugar durante las horas de la sesión abierta para aprender cómo le puede afectar a usted y/o a sus clientes.

Si necesita la ayuda de un intérprete gratuito comuníquese con la ciudad al (253) 589-2489 antes del 13 de Noviembre de 2014. Puede dirigir preguntas en ingles a Weston Ott, Ingeniero Civil Licenciado al (253) 983-7725 o por correo electrónico . Gracias.

Traffic Impacted by Gas, Water Main Construction

Lakewood drivers should prepare for potential traffic impacts beginning the week of Nov. 9. Several gas and water main replacement projects are scheduled throughout the city, weather permitting:

  • Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza (south): PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing a utility crossing on Gravelly Lake Drive at Nyanza Road (south) the evening of Nov. 9, 2014. Daytime work in the area may continue during the week. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • Pacific Highway at 108th: PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing a utility crossing on Pacific Highway at 108th Street starting the evening of Nov. 9, 2014 and continuing through Thursday night. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • 108th Street at Halcyon: PSE / Infrasource gas main replacement. The contractor will be completing utility work on 108th Street at Halcyon one evening between Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, 2014. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.
  • Bridgeport Way – 83rd to 75th Street: The contractor will be continuing with the water main replacement during the day. Through traffic will still be allowed. Expect temporary lane closures.