City of Lakewood Connections

Winter 2014

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LA KE W O O D, WA Newsletter for the C IT Y OF Connections 1996 - Meet new City Councilmember John Simpson p. 2 -Grant Blinn chosen for Municipal Court Judge p. 6 -Hobby Lobby coming to Lakewood in 2014 p. 7 Pierce and Thurston Counties have grown 40 percent the past 25 years, making the South Sound one of the fastest-growing areas in the state Visit us online at cityoflakewood.us It's a daily struggle for drivers along Interstate 5 in Lakewood and along Joint Base LewisMcChord, but the City has helped bring attention to the problem at the state level, where the South Sound could get some help for traffic relief. The I-5 Traffic Mess And what the City of Lakewood, JBLM and others are doing to bring drivers some relief You don't have to look hard to realize the traffic problems on Interstate 5 corridor needs to be addressed," Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield these days. Drivers in Lakewood and along Joint Base Lewis-McChord said. have to live through it on a daily basis. Lakewood and the South Sound also made their case in front of state Those drivers can attest that congestion in the I-5/JBLM corridor isn't lawmakers. On November 21, Mayor Don Anderson, City Manager getting any better. But the City of Lakewood - along with JBLM and other Caulfield, State Rep. Dick Muri and Town of Steilacoom Mayor Ron South Sound communities affected by the traffic problems - are working on Lucas traveled to Olympia to testify about the need to improve one of the busiest thoroughfares and most important cogs in the state's economic residents' behalf to help find a solution. development. Led by the City of Lakewood, the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership is working to bring the daily problems of the corridor to In particular, Mayor Anderson stressed the need to widen I-5 along the attention of the Legislature, with the hopes that state lawmakers will JBLM, where it's reduced to three lanes each way instead of four. include money for major fixes and improvements to the corridor with any transportation funding package. That includes busy and congested I-5 "The 60-year-old design of I-5 is inadequate to sustain today's volumes of traffic," the Mayor said. intersections such as Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane Southwest. During the SSMCP's annual conference in November, leaders from Lakewood, JBLM, Lacey, and other communities and agencies stressed how vital it is relieve congestion along I-5, especially given its effect on economic development and getting drivers to and from work. "In order for us to be successful as a region, this Plus Winter 2014 City of Lakewood recreation guide p. 9 While the state Legislature has yet to pass a transportation package that could fund improvements to I-5, State Route 167 and other roads, the City of Lakewood is committed to seeing I-5 get the upgrades it needs. "That stretch of road is too vital for any of us to ignore," Mayor Anderson said. More features online!

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