On the heels of a historically successful 2015 Legislative session, the City of Lakewood continues to work with its State and Federal representatives on behalf of Lakewood residents.
It was that coordination and cooperation that benefitted Lakewood earlier this year, when the Legislature included $494.4 million worth of improvements to the I-5/JBLM corridor as part of its $16.1 billion transportation package. That was the top priority on the City of Lakewood’s legislative agenda, but the State also addressed every other item that was on the City’s list at the time, including funding for Point Defiance Bypass safety enhancements, Springbrook Park Bridge/Connector, Waughop Lake Trail at Fort Steilacoom Park and its policing program at Western State Hospital.
This month, the Lakewood City Council revised its documents related to its work with State and Federal representatives. They include:
Some of the items on the City’s list: Transferring ownership of Fort Steilacoom Park to the City, relocating a Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance facility to facilitate economic development opportunities along Pacific Highway S and supporting military affairs funding.
In terms of working with officials at the Federal government level, Mayor Don Anderson and City Manager John Caulfield are meeting with Washington State’s Congressional delegation this week in Washington D.C along with defense officials at the Pentagon. Priorities include working with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) regarding the North Clear Zone, requesting congressional support in asking AMTRAK to conduct an assessment to bring an AMTRAK station to the Lakewood and JBLM community, and seeking additional tools and legislation to be able to fund road and traffic improvements in our community.
To learn more about the City of Lakewood’s State and Federal Priorities, click on any of the documents above.