Due to ongoing slides and saturated unstable slopes, the City of Edgewood monitored and then closed Jovita Boulevard on March 5 at approximately 8 p.m. As of today, March 6, small debris slides continue and the City has determined that the road will remain closed. On the morning of March 7 the City will re-assess the danger from small debris slides, and based on that assessment the road may either stay closed or be re-opened for traffic. Emergency and local access will be maintained.
The City of Tacoma is empowering business districts to bring in more two-wheeled customers. To do it, they’re offering businesses grants of up to $500 to encourage and promote cycling by customers, employees and business owners within Tacoma business districts while increasing cycling visibility.
The grant opportunity falls on the heels of a “Bicycles Mean Business” workshop that shared with Tacoma business districts the strong connection between bicycling and shopping local. Some of the bicycle-friendly business ideas shared at the event included: bicycle date night specials, shared merchant delivery bicycles, personalized safety information coasters/collateral, hotel guest bicycles or banners welcoming cyclists.
Any business owner or member of a Tacoma business district is eligible to apply. Up to $500 will be approved per business district, there are 15 in Tacoma, and projects should have business district approval. The application and more information are available from the City’s website. The deadline to apply is April 4, 2014.
Tacoma residents and visitors can look forward to seeing the projects unfold during the April to December 2014 implementation time frame.
Those with questions may contact Active Transportation Coordinator Diane Wiatr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will repair a culvert, which will require the closure of two lanes during daytime hours on Thursday, March 6, and Friday, March 7.
The closures will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Pending work progress, crews may repeat the closures on Saturday, March 8.
Lane closure details:
• Right lane of southbound Interstate 5 exit to South 38th Street.
• Right lane of westbound South 38th Street at I-5.
Motorists should expect delays and increased congestion, and should plan extra travel time to reach their destinations.
Motorists can learn of other traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s travel alerts at http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/ and construction updates at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Regions/Olympic/Construction/.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has approved a grant of $90,000 to Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region to support the May opening of a future “blue” boutique retail store on Main Street in Sumner.
This newest Goodwill retail location and format will provide employment, a unique shopping opportunity, and additional revenue for job training and job placement programs serving Sumner and 15 counties across Washington state.
“Thanks to our new partnership with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation we look forward to expanding our support to the unemployed in this region,” said Terry Hayes, President and CEO of Goodwill. “This year alone, Goodwill will help 9,000 people with limited income, disabilities and other disadvantages– about 13 percent of this region’s unemployed. While this is significant work in developing independent, self-supporting citizens, we still have much more to do.”
The grant check was presented today at the Tacoma Goodwill location at 2520 North Proctor St.
“This grant award leverages new Goodwill retail operations to significantly increase job training opportunities in culinary, retail, custodial, office, landscaping, construction, warehouse and logistics fields in this region,” said Cree Zischke, JPMorgan Chase Vice President of Global Philanthropy for the Northwest and Intermountain Regions. “We like Goodwill’s business model - an economic engine and workforce development program that effectively trains the unemployed and fast tracks them into jobs.”
The Sumner “blue,” Goodwill’s third boutique, will open its doors in May at 926 Main St. It will employ about six people, with a yearly payroll of about $150,000. Proceeds from the store will support Goodwill's training programs for about 100 people.
A public meeting set for Wednesday, March 12 from 4-6 p.m in room 708 at City Hall to outline locations under consideration for the Freighthouse Square Amtrak station.
Passenger trains, including Amtrak Cascades, currently must slow down due to curves and single-track tunnels on the BNSF Railway main line tracks near Point Defiance and along southern Puget Sound.
This project proposes to reroute passenger trains to an inland route. The bypass is on an existing rail line that runs along the west side of Interstate 5, from south Tacoma through Lakewood and DuPont. It reconnects back to the BNSF Railway main line near Nisqually, on the east side of I-5.
Freight train traffic patterns will not change with most freight trains continuing to use the existing main line near Point Defiance and along southern Puget Sound. The few freight trains that currently use the bypass route will continue to use it during and after the project.
For more information on the Point Defiance Bypass Project, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/PNWRC_PtDefiance.