City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/24/2012

August 24, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood welcomes unique new business:   10-20 Services hosted an all-day Grand Opening and tour of their new facilities at the 512 Business Park on August 22nd. The company was established to provide maintenance and repair services of body armor, and unit equipment for the U.S. military central issue facilities, units, and soldiers worldwide. Their patented cleaning system is the first of its kind in the United States. Lakewood was chosen as their flagship operation for its proximity to JBLM and overwhelming support for doing business here.
  • Public Works applies for 3 Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Grants:
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Weller Road to Phillips Road ($3.1 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): Complete curb, gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, signal replacement, and overlay.
    • Steilacoom Blvd – Bridgeport Way to Fairlawn ($1.5 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): complete curb, gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and overlay.City
    • South Tacoma Way – Steilacoom Blvd to 88th ($1.5 Million Total Cost – 80% grant funded): signal modification to add a 4th leg at 88th, addition of right-turn pocket on Steilacoom Blvd, complete sidewalks on South Tacoma Way, modify / close driveways, illumination, and overlay.
  • Interlaaken Bridge – Pile Cap Repair – Delayed for the Birds:   The repair of the pile cap on Interlaaken Bridge has been delayed up to 6 weeks while workers wait for some “protected-species” swallows, nesting under the bridge, to grow strong enough to vacate their nest. The pile cap repair must be completed before the current (more strict) load restrictions can be removed.
  • Madigan Access Improvements – Surveying to Start:   Field crews from the City’s consultant, AHBL, will be out on Berkeley Street interchange and Union Avenue starting next week to complete topographic survey for the Madigan Access Improvement project.
  • Murray Road / 146th Street and 150th Street – Traffic Revision:   Striping will be completed this week on the newly completed Murray Road and 150th Street widening and intersection improvements. Left turns from Murray Road to 146th Street will be permanently disallowed in the next few weeks when median curbing is completed. All vehicles accessing Woodbrook will need to go through the roundabout at 150th and Murray.
  • Roadway Paint Striping continuing:   Pierce County crews, on behalf of the City of Lakewood, will be completing additional roadway paint striping in Lakewood next week (weather permitting).