The Daily Mash-Up

Saturday, May 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
Pier 4 realignment nears halfway point at South Harbor

The Pier 4 reconfiguration is taking shape on the General Central Peninsula in Tacoma's South Harbor. Crews are working heavily on pier construction and installing underground utilities, including electrical, communication, sewer and stormwater treatment.

Since awarding the contract to Manson Construction Company and launching the first phase of the project last May, the 1,724-foot pier at the Port of Tacoma nears its halfway mark.

In February, Manson wrapped up the first phase of the pile driving, which set up the foundation for the structure that will be capable of serving two… Read More

Weekend closure of southbound I-5 exit begins tonight

Drivers who use the southbound Interstate 5 exit to State Route 167 (River Road) or Portland Avenue in Tacoma (Exit #135) will need to plan ahead for alternate routes this weekend.

Tonight at 11 p.m., contractor crews working on the I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV project will close the southbound I-5 exit and the Bay Street/East 27th Street intersection. The closures will remain in place around -the clock through 4 a.m. Monday, May 22, while crews rebuild and pave the intersection.

Drivers who would normally use that exit will instead be detoured… Read More

Warm forecast prompts early opening of some spraygrounds

Metro Parks staff usually use the month of May to prepare spraygrounds for summer, with normal operation only on weekends.

This year, the parks maintenance team stepped up its testing in the hope of providing more service on hot days. Their work paid off in time for this week’s warm weather: Six of the district’s 10 spraygrounds will be open May 22 to 26.

·         Kandle Park (Note this is the small splashpad outside the pool. The pool and its adjacent water feature will open June 17.)
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Pierce County to transition to integrated physical and behavioral healthcare

No later than Jan. 1, 2020, Pierce County residents in the Medicaid system will receive both physical and behavioral care through a state mandated initiative called Integration 2020.  Through this whole-person approach, physical and behavioral healthcare will be delivered via one system through an integrated network of providers, offering better coordinated care for patients and more seamless access to the services they need.

The initiative is part of Healthier Washington and brings together the payment and delivery of physical and behavioral health services for people enrolled in… Read More

Learn about construction of Point Defiance Park roundabout

A traffic roundabout will soon replace the tangled intersection that now confounds drivers at the North Pearl Street entrance to Metro Parks Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.

The roundabout’s design will make it easier and safer to drive to and from the park, the Point Defiance Marina boat launch and the Vashon Island ferry landing.

Construction could begin as early as July and will likely continue for about six months, depending on the weather. Temporary detours will keep traffic flowing.

Two community meetings will provide opportunities to find out about… Read More

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