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Write253 calls for volunteers

Write253 is asking our community to volunteer their time to the creative youth of Tacoma! Every year the non-profit Write253 hosts their annual Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) Event to showcase young poets from all around the South Sound. This gathering of students helps to build stronger community connections and encourage the young artists of today. A day or even a few hours can help create a liberating and wholesome environment for these poets to thrive! To volunteer or receive further information, visit www.write253.com/ltab-volunteer-registration.

Construction brings two-week street closure in Fife

One year into building a new southbound Interstate 5 Puyallup River Bridge, construction crews are reaching a new milestone and new heights on the project.   

In early February, Guy F. Atkinson Construction will begin installing 54 girders on six of the nine bridge spans. To do this work, crews will mobilize a large crane in a work zone directly under the I-5 Puyallup River Bridges on 20th Street East.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 20th Street East under I-5 in Fife will close around-the-clock. During the closure, local businesses will have access on either side of the closure. A signed detour will be in place. 

Once the project is complete in late 2021, the new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge will have four general purpose lanes plus a high occupancy vehicle lane that will connect HOV lanes from Fife into Tacoma.  

In addition to building a new southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge, the project replaces the East L Street overpass, widens I-5 near East L Street, adds a northbound auxiliary lane from I-705 to Portland Avenue, and replaces the last section of roadway that dates back to the 1960s. 

Visit the Tacomatraffic.com web page for updated HOV construction information. Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Inform/mobile.htm.

and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/wsdot_tacoma.

Work to reduce lane from I-5 to SR 16 

Travelers who use the northbound Interstate 5 exit 132 to South 38thStreet and State Route 16 in Tacoma will need to plan extra time into their trips over the next two weekends.  An around-the-clock single closure has the potential to create a miles long back up. 

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce the northbound I-5 collector/distributor lane at exit 132 to one lane to finish drainage connections and pour concrete panels. 

The single lane closure will be in place starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, and again from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10. This work is weather sensitive and could be rescheduled.

During the single lane closure, the exit to South 38thStreet and eastbound SR 16 will remain open. 

Travelers are advised to delay their trips or travel early in the morning or late at night. 

Additional HOV overnight ramp closures are available at TacomaTraffic.com. Before heading out the door, travelers can find the latest road conditions on the WSDOT app atwww.wsdot.wa.gov/Inform/mobile.htmand by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feedat twitter.com/wsdot_tacoma.

Applicants sought for Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill four member positions on the Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. 

The Commission consists of 11 members and one alternate, including one youth or young adult under the age of 25, all serving three-year terms. Members shall demonstrate experience or expertise with immigrant issues, as well as a commitment to all immigrant and refugee communities.

The purpose of the Commission is to engage Tacoma’s immigrant and refugee communities and to work with community partners to identify and advance positive outcomes for members of this diverse population. 

For additional information on the Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, please visit their website or contact Korbett Mosesly at (253) 591-5137 or KMosesly@cityoftacoma.org.

Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, Jan. 27. To apply, visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Michelle Emery at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org.

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