The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 This Week's Paper
Sound Transit Board selects alignment, stations for Tacoma Link Expansion

The Sound Transit Board of Directors today selected the route, stations, and expanded operation and maintenance facility for the Tacoma Link Expansion. When built, the 2.4-mile extension will serve riders traveling from the Theater District to the Stadium and Hilltop neighborhoods.

“By extending light rail to the Stadium Way and Hilltop districts, more people will have better access to jobs, schools, and everyday needs,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We’ll also work with residents to make sure that transit supports and enhances the…

Schuster Parkway Bridge Now Open

Schuster Parkway Bridge (located near North 30th and McCarver streets) is now open to all vehicular and bicycle traffic. 

The closure, which took place from Oct. 5, to Nov. 18, was necessary to perform rehabilitation to the bridge that included a deck overlay and expansion joint repair.

Power Outage Causes Overflow Conditions at Treatment Plant

During the heavy storm event on Tuesday, Nov. 17, there was an electrical power failure at the City of Tacoma’s Central Sewer Treatment Plant. This power outage, which lasted for approximately 20 minutes, resulted in a sanitary sewerage overflow condition which led to waste water sewage being discharged into the lower Puyallup River at Cleveland Way, and the Foss Waterway at Dock Street.

The plant was also flooded in areas and these issues are currently being mitigated by the City’s Environmental Services staff. The discharge amount is not know at this time but will be estimated…

Firefighters Respond to Severed Weather Emergencies

Yesterdays violent winds and driving rains kept firefighters running from one emergency to the next. Thankfully, none were severe, said East Pierce Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Bud Backer.

“Our crews ran 69 calls in a 24-hour period,” he said. On a typical day, East Pierce firefighters respond to an average of 17 to 20 calls per day, he reported. “We were extremely busy between 1 and 6 p.m., but it slowed down after that, as the wind let up,” he said.

The incidents were spread throughout the fire district that includes Bonney Lake, Sumner, South Prairie, Lake Tapps, Milton…

Tacoma Under Flood Watch

Be advised that a Flood Watch is in effect from Tuesday morning, Nov. 17, through Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 18.

The city maintains more than 500 miles of stormwater pipe and 17,000 catch basins as well as pump stations and regional flood control facilities. When excessive rain causes flooding, the city often responds to flooding complaints and cleans out clogged storm drains.

Each year, Tacoma gets about 40 inches of rain, with nearly four inches of it falling within just 24 hours. When that much rain comes down that fast the city’s stormwater system can get overwhelmed…

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