Highlights from the weekly report (August 21) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Bridgeport Way Improvement project (59th Ave to Steilacoom Blvd): On Monday, August 24th , the traffic signal controller cabinet at Bridgeport Way and 59th Ave which also controls the signal at Bridgeport Way and Mt Tacoma Dr will be replaced. The replacement will cause both traffic signals to be dark for a majority of the day. While dark signals are treated as an all-way stop control intersection, we will have flaggers along with off-duty officers directing traffic at the Bridgeport Way and 59th Ave intersection. Mt Tacoma Dr. will be limited to local traffic only and its intersection with Bridgeport Way will be restricted to right-in and right-out movements. Motorists should expect delays at these intersections.
- Lakewood Drive Pavement Rehabilitation project (Bridgeport Way to 100th St): Construction work starts on Monday, August 24th. Lakewood Drive, however, will be open to thru traffic although lane restrictions will be in place.
- Bridgeport at Pac Hwy lane closure: Lakewood Water District will be cutting in a water valve on Bridgeport just north of the railroad tracks in the outside southbound lane Sunday August 23rd (from 8am to 5pm) to minimize traffic impacts.
- City Coordinates Meeting With Lakeview Businesses: Asst Chief Mike Zaro, Sgt John Unfred and CSO Dawn McGinnis coordinated a meeting between the Lakeview Avenue businesses and Sound Transit regarding progress on the railroad work and how it will impact the businesses.
- LPD sponsors 4/2 Stryker Brigade Unit during deployment to Iraq: The Lakewood Police Department is proud to sponsor a unit of the 4/2 Stryker Brigade during their deployment to Iraq, joining other local companies who have stepped up to support the brigade in this Lakewood Chamber of Commerce-sponsored program. Local businesses have agreed to sponsor individual Companies of the brigade, by supporting support both the soldiers as well as the families at home during the deployment.
- City Manager at State City Managers Conference: The city manager joined 80 others in attending the annual meeting this week of the Washington City Managers (WCMA) Association in Leavenworth. The agenda included emphasis on sustainable fiscal planning, and economic recovery strategies. The city manager is WCMA past president and a member of the board.
- Lakewood group reaches the top of Mt St. Helens: A City Parks & Recreation-sponsored overnight program featuring a climb to the summit of Mount St. Helens took place on August 15 -16 — with all the climbers reaching the crater rim of the mountain. With the clouds below, the eight climbers had outstanding views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson and could even see the Sisters in central Oregon. The trip began with a tour inside Ape Cave on the southern slope of the mountain. It was a great accomplishment for all the participants.