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Posted on: August 13, 2014

Pierce County to test new pavement products along 192nd Street East in Frederickson

Pierce County will apply seven pavement products along 192nd Street East in Frederickson in August and September to test the products’ performance and cost effectiveness over multiple years.

Pavement products are used... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Section of 9th Street East near Lake Tapps Park reopens after road work

9th Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East near Lake Tapps Park reopened Aug. 5 after crews reconstructed the roadway. The road was expected to reopen in mid-August.

Crews will continue to work... Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2014

Puget SoundCorps to help restore urban forest near Spanaway Creek

A Puget SoundCorps crew will remove English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from trees in Pierce County’s Bresemann Forest starting Aug. 4. Getting rid of these invasive plants will improve the health of the trees and the... Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

Motorists should fix leaks so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

Vehicle leaks can cause havoc for drivers and the environment. Motorists in Pierce County can find an affordable repair and keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive”... Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2014

Firefighters hold crane rescue exercise at Pierce County’s wastewater treatment plant

Firefighters from West Pierce Fire and Rescue scaled a massive tower crane, then lowered a gurney with a mock victim 175 feet to the ground during a training exercise at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Randall Drive Northwest boat ramp on Gig Harbor Bay closed July 7-13

The boat launch and parking area at the end of Randall Drive Northwest on... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Construction resumes on Puyallup River side channel near Orting

Foothills Trail users can expect to see construction trucks crossing the trail just north of the McMillin Trailhead when work resumes June 30 on a side channel that will reconnect the Puyallup River to its historic... Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Section of Ninth Street East near Lake Tapps Park to close June 23 for construction

Ninth Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East near Lake Tapps Park will close June 23 while crews reconstruct the roadway. The road is expected to reopen by mid-August.

Traffic traveling east on... Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2014

Pierce County wins award for Puyallup River project that protects Orville Road

Pierce County recently won a Project of the Year Award from the Washington State chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for a project that protects Orville Road from severe erosion created by the Puyallup... Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Preferred development alternative for Tacoma Narrows Airport to be presented June 11

Pierce County residents are invited to learn about the preferred development alternative for Tacoma Narrows Airport at an open house June 11 in Gig Harbor.

This is the fifth public meeting that has been held as part... Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Learn about next phase of construction on Puyallup River side channel May 31

Residents and Foothills Trail users can learn about the next phase of construction on a Puyallup River side channel near Orting at an informal community meeting on May 31.

Pierce County will resume work on a side... Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2014

County Council recognizes efforts of Public Works employees

The Pierce County Council adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “National Public Works Week” in Pierce County. Speaking on behalf of the Council, which unanimously supported Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Crews to prepare Ninth Street East near Lake Tapps Park for summer road closure

Motorists traveling along Ninth Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East near Lake Tapps Park should expect minor delays on weekdays from May 14 to June 13 as crews prepare the roadway for a summer road... Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Wings & Wheels rolls into Narrows Airport July 6th

Wings and Wheels poster

The fourth annual Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels event will take place on July 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May

Pierce County is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to challenge residents to take at least one Sound-healthy action during May’s Puget Sound Starts Here Month.

The goal of Puget Sound Starts... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2014

Pierce County Council suspends truck traffic on aging Milroy Bridge

By a unanimous vote Tuesday, members of the Pierce County Council implemented new restrictions on vehicle traffic over the Milroy Bridge connecting the... Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2014

Peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule changes effective May 1

Peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to fare rates. Peak season runs May 1 to Sept. 30.

Riders should also be aware of several schedule changes that go into effect May 1 that will be in place... Read on...

Posted on: March 11, 2014

Edible Gardens Workshop Series teaches gardening from seed to table

Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food through Pierce County and Pierce Conservation District’s Edible Gardens Workshop Series. The free series of monthly workshops, which is offered at several... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2014

Community input sought on Purdy Creek project

Pierce County residents who live near Purdy Lane and 144th Street Northwest can provide input on a proposed project to improve Purdy Creek’s water quality and fish habitat at a meeting on Jan. 16.

The meeting will be held... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2013

Construction of sewer force main in Puyallup starts Dec. 23

Pierce County will begin installing a sewer force main in the South Hill area of Puyallup on Dec. 23. The work is expected to last through Jan. 20.

Work will begin on 126th Street East and move west to 90th Avenue East.... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2013

New levee will protect people, help salmon

Construction begins Thursday on a $16 million project that will reduce the risk of floods throughout the Puyallup River valley, create new habitat for salmon and produce more than 230 local jobs.

Federal, state and local... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2013

Pierce County Ferry fares to increase 3 percent

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2014 and again in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

“This two-step increase is needed to help cover increased operational and... Read on...

Posted on: December 6, 2013

Sewer main work shifts to Brookdale Road in December

Construction crews replacing a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland are shifting work to the eastern end of the project this month.

The crews are replacing 5,000 feet of sewer pipe with a 72-inch diameter... Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2013

County invites community to learn about upcoming study of Spanaway Lake

Spanaway Lake residents, business owners and recreational users can learn about an upcoming study of the lake’s health at a community meeting on Dec. 4.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanaway Elementary,... Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

"Practicing preventative maintenance can go a long... Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2013

Free composting classes teach residents to reduce waste at home

Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this fall. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

In the yard waste class,... Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2013

Homeowners invited to Oct. 23 workshop on septic system maintenance

Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412... Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Trail closure at Chambers Creek Regional Park

The Grandview walking trail along Grandview Drive in University Place is closed to the public through Friday, Oct. 18. The trail runs between the North Meadow parking area north of Cirque Drive and the entrance to the park... Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2013

County ferry system saves $137,770 in fuel costs

Pierce County saved $137,770 in diesel fuel costs for its ferries thanks to a new system that enables the engines to run cleaner and burn fuel more efficiently.

This translated to a savings of approximately 23,657 gallons... Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2013

Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project starts Oct. 1

Pierce County will begin replacing the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland Oct. 1. The project is expected to last through February 2015.

Work will begin at the intersection of A Street and 133rd Street East and... Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2013

Construction on sewer pipe along Grandview Drive W begins this week

Pierce County will begin rehabilitating 9,600 feet of sewer pipe and about 30 manholes located along Grandview Drive West in University Place on Sept. 25.

Repairs will be made to the corroded, 30-inch diameter... Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2013

Celebrate the annual return of salmon to South Prairie Creek Sept. 21

Help welcome salmon home to South Prairie Creek at the Salmon Homecoming Celebration on Sept. 21. The family-friendly day will feature guided walking tours to see salmon in the creek, activities for kids, a Native American... Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2013

Crews to repair pavement on Canyon Road East Sept. 9-14

Pierce County crews will repair pavement along Canyon Road East between 106th Street East and 116th Street East for five nights starting Monday, Sept. 9. Crews will remove areas of deteriorated pavement, place new hot mix... Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2013

Third round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for Sept. 4

Pierce County will hold its third set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on Sept. 4 in Gig Harbor. Topics will include facility requirements and an introduction to potential development... Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Construction to partially close intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW Aug. 23-25

The intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be partially closed Aug. 23-25 so crews can replace the pavement. The work will begin at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and be completed by 7 p.m.... Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2013

Wastewater treatment plant receives “Outstanding Performance” award from state

Wastewater Treatment Plant

Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place has received the 2012 "Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

37th Street Northwest boat launch on Wollochet Bay closed Aug. 19-23

The boat launch on 37th Street Northwest on Wollochet Bay will be closed Aug. 19-23 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

Pierce County crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Turn lane to be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West

A turn lane will be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West in University Place to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection. Construction will begin Aug. 15 and is expected to be complete in the beginning of... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Section of 70th Avenue East to be reduced to one lane Aug. 17 for asphalt repairs

The roadway along 70th Avenue East between the Interstate 5 overpass and Pacific Highway East near Milton will be reduced to one lane from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 so the roadway can be repaired and re-surfaced.

Flaggers... Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2013

North Warren Street Bridge in Roy to be replaced; four-month closure starts Aug. 12

The North Warren Street Bridge that crosses Muck Creek in Roy will be closed for four months starting Aug. 12 so the bridge can be replaced. North Warren Street will be closed between Water Street West and Cedar Street West... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

State urban forestry restoration project focuses on Swan Creek Park

Invasive plants will be removed from Swan Creek Park and adjacent Pierce County property over the next few weeks as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Urban Forestry Restoration Project.... Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2013

Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

A portion of the East Slope Walking Trail located near the north entrance of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place will close Aug. 7-15 so crews can install water and electrical utilities... Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2013

Foothills Trail near Crocker Trailhead to close periodically due to levee maintenance

The Foothills Trail near the Crocker Trailhead will close periodically Aug. 5 to Aug. 14 due to maintenance work on the Carbon River levee next to the trail. Pierce County crews will install large rocks weighing several tons... Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2013

A Street KPS boat launch in Home open following ramp rehabilitation

A Street KPS Boat Launch

The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home reopened at 3 p.m. July 24 following Pierce County’s rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

Crews replaced the existing ramp structure with concrete panels... Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2013

Tacoma Narrows Airport runway rehabilitation complete

The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened July 28 after being closed for 10 nights for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews grooved the runway for improved traction and applied final markings to the... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2013

Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

South Fork image

Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that... Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2013

Work starts in July on Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland

Midland residents will see work start in mid-July on the nearly 17-acre Larchmont Wetland Reserve to reduce flooding in the surrounding neighborhood and provide habitat for wildlife and improve the quality of stormwater... Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2013

2 week closure of A Street KPS boat launch in Home planned; ramp to be rehabilitated

The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home will be closed July 15-26 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington Department... Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

A portion of the E Slope Walking Trail, near the north entrance to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, will temporarily close to the public.

The closure will last from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

Derelict Pile

Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

Work... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

New project on 176th Street East begins in early July

Construction work along 176th Street East from B Street East to 14th Avenue East in Frederickson will begin July 8.

This project is one of several Pierce County projects to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service July 2-11

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from July 2-11. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and... Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2013

Wings & Wheels back July 6 with aircraft, cars, motorcycles

Wings and Wheels

Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels returns to Tacoma Narrows Airport for its third year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2013

Tacoma Narrows Airport runway reopens after rehabilitation work

The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened June 16 following a 45-day rehabilitation. Crews reduced the width of the runway, added new signage, and repaved the runway, among other improvements.

The runway... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2013

Learn about Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project at June 20 open house

The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s replacement of the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland.

The open house will be held June 20 run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Elmhurst... Read on...

Posted on: May 23, 2013

Second round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for June 5

Pierce County will hold its second set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on June 5.

The county and stakeholders will discuss the airport’s inventory and aviation forecasts. Topics will... Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2013

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and the... Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2013

Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

The ceremony... Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2013

Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year 2013... Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2013

Homeowners invited to May 8 workshop on septic system maintenance

Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412 165th St. S... Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2013

Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate Puget Sound during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

Organizations in Pierce County and across Western Washington are hosting a variety of events to teach residents... Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2013

Pierce County to work on reducing all waste, not just food waste

Pierce County will use findings from its recent research on food waste management to develop tools and programs to cut 10 percent from the waste disposal stream over the next five years.

Pierce County will focus on... Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2013

Intersection at 176th Street East and 22nd Avenue East to close this weekend

The intersection at 176th Street East and 22nd Avenue East in Frederickson will close for construction at 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, May 6.

Crews will excavate the existing roadway, place crushed... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2013

Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

Car wash fundraisers can be a great way to raise money, but the soap and pollutants that run off the vehicles can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car... Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2013

Runway rehabilitation at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts April 29

Pierce County will rehabilitate the runway and four adjacent connector taxiways at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor this spring and summer to improve surfaces, add new features and meet federal aviation standards for the... Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2013

Turn in unused or expired medicines on April 27

Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2013

Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

“Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

Posted on: April 12, 2013

Milroy Bridge over Puyallup River to close April 17 for inspection

The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 17 to allow crews to perform a detailed structural inspection and general maintenance. Motorists... Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2013

Motorists should take action so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

Every year, hundreds of tons... Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2013

Work on Wollochet Drive NW resumes April 15

Construction work along Wollochet Drive NW near Gig Harbor will resume on April 15 following a winter work suspension.

Pierce County is constructing two projects along Wollochet Drive NW: the first between East Bay Drive... Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

FAA delays closure of control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor until June 15.

The tower is one of 149 contract control towers... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2013

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2013

Flood-prone house to be used for SWAT training exercise Feb. 8

A flood-prone house owned by Pierce County will be used for a Tacoma Police Department SWAT team training exercise Feb. 8 before it is ultimately demolished by county crews and returned to a natural floodplain.

The SWAT... Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2013

Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2013

Motorists should take action so they "Don’t Drip and Drive"

Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

Every year, hundreds of tons... Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2013

Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

“Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2013

Work on Wollochet Drive NW resumes April 15

Construction work along Wollochet Drive NW near Gig Harbor will resume on April 15 following a winter work suspension.

Pierce County is constructing two projects along Wollochet Drive NW: the first between East Bay Drive... Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2013

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2013

Foothills Trail users can discuss impacts from upcoming construction April 6

Pierce County is inviting feedback from Foothills Trail users and neighbors on how a summer construction project along the Puyallup River near McMillin may impact them.

Construction on a new side channel on the west side... Read on...

Posted on: March 22, 2013

FAA to close contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor will close this spring as the FAA implements the budget sequestration.

On March 22, the FAA notified Pierce County,... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2013

Sequestration may close FAA contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor may close as the FAA implements the budget sequestration. This proposed tower closure is one of many that could occur... Read on...

Posted on: February 15, 2013

Celebrate completion of Key Center crosswalk Feb. 27

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a new crosswalk in Key Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Key Center Fire Station No. 46, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway KPN... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Free composting classes teach how to reduce waste at home

Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this spring. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

"These classes are a great way... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Learn about wastewater treatment plant expansion at Jan. 31 open house

Jan. 23, 2013

The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The open house will run from 5 to7 p.m. on Jan. 31, at the... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2013

Pierce County to update master plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport

Jan. 14, 2013

Pierce County will update the master plan for the Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW) in Gig Harbor in 2013.

The county and stakeholders will evaluate potential alternatives and determine how best to meet the... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2013

Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals

Jan. 14, 2013

Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2013

Pierce County wins national environmental award

Pierce County recently won a national environmental award for its “Raise the Grade” stream health and stormwater technical assistance programs.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Public Works and... Read on...

Posted on: December 24, 2012

Treecycle your Christmas tree

As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2012

County receives grants to fund salmon recovery projects

Pierce County will receive nearly $1.1 million to improve and protect salmon habitat.

The grants were awarded to the county and other local organizations by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved more... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2012

Pierce County Ferry schedule to change in 2013

A variety of changes to the Pierce County Ferry sailing schedule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

A total of seven service changes were made using input from the community. The changes include new runs, shifted run times... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2012

See Santa land at Thun Field, Dec. 9

Santa photo

Spencer Aircraft’s Annual Santa Fly-in is back from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Pierce County Airport-Thun Field, 16709 103rd Ave. Ct. E.,... Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2012

Celebrate start of treatment plant expansion with Nov. 15 groundbreaking

Nov. 13, 2012

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the start of construction on the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the plant,... Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2012

Celebrate completion of stormwater pond with ribbon cutting Nov. 14

Nov. 7, 2012

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a stormwater pond in the Fir Ridge neighborhood south of Bonney Lake. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the... Read on...

Posted on: October 25, 2012

Weigh-in on proposed changes to the 2013 ferry schedule

Oct. 24, 2012

Pierce County residents are invited to two community meetings to learn about potential changes to the ferry sailing schedule to improve service.

A menu of possible service changes has been created with... Read on...

Posted on: October 23, 2012

Additional food waste workshops scheduled

Oct. 23, 2012

Pierce County will offer three additional food waste workshops on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 to allow residents and businesses to weigh-in on options for managing and reducing food waste.

These workshops, like... Read on...

Posted on: October 19, 2012

Prepare now for flood season

Oct. 19, 2012

With the fall and winter flood season nearing, Pierce County residents should prepare now to keep their family and property safe.

"Everyone should have a family plan in place and an emergency kit on... Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2012

Section of Artondale Drive NW to close overnight for paving

Oct. 10, 2012

A section of Artondale Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 to 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 as part of an area road construction project.

Artondale Drive NW will be closed from... Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2012

Free composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

Oct. 5, 2012

Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this October and November. One class will focus on yard waste, and the second will focus... Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2012

Public invited to help high school club install rain garden Oct. 13

Oct. 2, 2012

Pierce County residents are invited to help Curtis High School's Environmental Club install a rain garden on the school's campus in University Place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 13. The rain garden will be... Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2012

72nd Street KPS boat launch near Long Branch open following ramp rehabilitation

Sept. 27, 2012

The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch reopened at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 following Pierce County’s rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

Crews replaced the existing ramp... Read on...

Posted on: September 25, 2012

Pierce County receives a $13 million state loan

Sept. 25, 2012

Pierce County’s Public Works and Utilities department applied for and received a low-interest state loan for the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

The $13 million loan... Read on...

Posted on: September 21, 2012

5-day closure of 72nd Street KPS boat launch planned

Sept. 21, 2012

The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch will be closed Sept. 24-28 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased... Read on...

Posted on: September 21, 2012

Aviation Exploring Post established for interested teens

Sept. 21, 2012

Teens and young adults interested in aviation are invited to attend a kick-off meeting for a new Aviation Exploring Post being established in Pierce County.

The meeting will be held Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.... Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2012

Free homeowners workshops focus on stormwater systems

Sept. 18, 2012

Pierce County residents who live in communities with homeowners associations are invited to attend a workshop on how to maintain and protect their stormwater systems.

The free workshops, offered by... Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2012

Online resource now includes information about pollution in shellfish beds

Sept. 14, 2012

The public can now access Pierce County’s quarterly shellfish bed sampling results for Filucy Bay, Rocky Bay and Burley Lagoon via the county’s online system that provides information about the health of... Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2012

Traffic engineer to represent west in Institute of Transportation Engineers

Thursday Sep 06 2012 8:44 AM

Pierce County Traffic Engineer Rory D. Grindley, P.E., has been confirmed as the Western District Administrator of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a professional association... Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2012

Pierce County seeks comments on proposed sewer regulation changes

Sept. 13, 2012

All customers of the Pierce County Sewer Utility are invited to provide feedback on proposed updates to county regulations that deal with Sewer Utility operations. Suggested changes include bill payment... Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Ferry crew rescues kayaker

Friday Sep 07 2012 8:10 PM

The Pierce County ferry crew rescued a man from his kayak on Thursday, September 6, after the kayak capsized near the Steilacoom ferry dock.

The kayaker was spotted in the water by ferry... Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2012

Celebrate completion of Canyon Road East projects at ribbon cutting Sept. 6

Aug. 29, 2012

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of Canyon Road East corridor road projects from State Route 512 to 176th Street East.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for... Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2012

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service Aug. 29-Sept. 2

Aug. 27, 2012

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Load restrictions will be in place on... Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2012

County releases final environmental impact statement for proposed flood plan

Wednesday Aug 22 2012 10:57 AM

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Pierce County's proposed Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan was released August 22. The statement evaluates the potential environmental... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2012

Change at Sumner-Tapps Highway E/South Tapps Drive E intersection coming Aug. 14

Aug. 13, 2012

Pierce County will revise the travel lanes of Sumner-Tapps Highway E Aug. 14 to provide left-turn lanes at the South Tapps Drive E intersection on the two legs of the highway. Left-turn lanes will not be... Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2012

Hall Road boat launch to close Aug. 8 for paving

Aug. 7, 2012

The boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 while crews pave the boat ramp approach.

This work is the last step in Pierce County's rehabilitation of the boat ramp... Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2012

Residents invited to comment on food waste collection options

Aug. 6, 2012

Residents invited to comment on food waste collection options

Nearly one-third of Pierce County's waste is food, making it the largest category of material entering our landfill.

In 2010, the county... Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2012

Extra day needed to complete rehabilitation of Hall Road boat ramp

Aug. 3, 2012

Pierce County will reopen the boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 after crews complete a rehabilitation of the boat ramp. The boat launch was closed on July 30 for the work.
The county is... Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2012

Section of 112th Street East reopens ahead of schedule

July 31, 2012

The section of 112th Street East between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue East that was closed June 25 for a road construction project reopened July 30---five days ahead of schedule.

Crews... Read on...

Posted on: July 26, 2012

Five-day closure of Hall Road boat launch in Vaughn planned; ramp to be rehabilitated

July 26, 2012

The boat launch on Hall Road at Vaughn will be closed July 30 to August 3 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2012

Crews to activate new signals at two Canyon Road intersections; new lanes to open

July 10, 2012

Pierce County will activate new traffic signals at two intersections of Canyon Road E in Frederickson on Wednesday and Thursday, resulting in lane restrictions over a two-hour period each day.

• Lane... Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2012

Peninsula transfer station to accept household hazardous waste

July 9, 2012

Starting in July, Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula residents can drop off their household hazardous waste at the Purdy Transfer Station in Gig Harbor free of charge on the second Friday and Saturday of each month... Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2012

Wire theft and vandalism cost Pierce County $8,865

June 28, 2012

Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of county road at 38th Street and 192nd Street in Frederickson after discovering two separate incidents of wire theft... Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2012

Road closure of section of 112th St E starts June 25

June 21, 2012

Pierce County will close a section of 112th Street East on June 25 for six weeks as part of a road construction project.

112th Street East will be closed between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue... Read on...

Posted on: June 18, 2012

June 25 open house planned on sewer interceptor rehabilitation project in University Place

June 18, 2012

The public is invited to an open house June 25 to learn about Pierce County’s upcoming rehabilitation of 9,600 feet of sewer pipe and about 30 manholes located along Grandview Drive W. in University Place.... Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2012

Wednesday ferry schedule adjusted

June 15, 2012

Pierce County has revised its June and July ferry fuel run schedule to accommodate residents and visitors celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in Steilacoom or on Anderson or Ketron islands. This means... Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2012

Wings & Wheels to feature cool aircraft, cars, music and more

June 13, 2012

Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels is back for its second year with airplane fly-bys, a meet and greet with pilots, airplane and helicopter rides, displays, a car show, a motorcycle show and more.

Wings &... Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2012

County engineer elected to national board

Engineer

Tuesday Jun 12 2012 3:07 PM

Pierce County Engineer Brian D. Stacy, P.E., has been elected to serve a two-year term as the Western Regional Vice President for the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Board of... Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2012

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service July 1-8

June 12, 2012

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from July 1-8. Load restrictions will be in place on some... Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2012

Two meetings planned on potential improvements to Steilacoom ferry loading lanes

June 11, 2012

The public is invited to learn about potential improvements to the ferry loading lanes at the Steilacoom Terminal during upcoming community meetings in Steilacoom and on Anderson Island.

The Steilacoom... Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2012

Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

May 25, 2012

Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car wash fundraiser by checking out a fish-friendly car wash kit. The kits are available at several Pierce County locations.

The kits keep... Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2012

Spanaway fourth-graders paint 2 county snow plows

Painted snow plows

May 21, 2012

If you see a string of mittens or a cart-wheeling Santa Claus headed down the street during the next snowfall, you don't need new glasses.

These scenes were painted on two of Pierce County's snow... Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2012

Remodeled ferry terminal opens May 22

May 18, 2012

The Steilacoom ferry terminal will reopen May 22 following a remodel inside and out. The terminal, located at 56 Union Ave. in Steilacoom, closed Jan. 4 for the work.

"I think our ferry patrons will be... Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2012

Day Island sewer pipe to be replaced

May 18, 2012

Following recent leaks in the Day Island sewer force main and subsequent spot inspections, Pierce County will replace the pipe to prevent future leakage. Design work on the replacement pipe will begin... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2012

Learn about potential improvements to Steilacoom Terminal ferry loading lanes

May 14, 2012

The public is invited to learn about potential improvements to the ferry loading lanes at the Steilacoom Terminal during a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St. in... Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2012

Celebrate National Public Works Week with activities, contest

May 10, 2012

Pierce County residents are invited to participate in several activities as part of National Public Works Week, which runs from May 20-26.

“Pierce County Public Works and Utilities employees strive to... Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2012

Section of Orting-Kapowsin Highway temporarily closed due to localized flooding

May 4, 2012

The stretch of the Orting-Kapowsin Highway between 264th Street and 288th Street E. is closed temporarily due to localized flooding caused by heavy rains and wildlife activity.

Pierce County road crews... Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2012

Airport commissions to discuss technology and economic impact

May 4, 2012

The public is invited to a joint meeting of the two advisory commissions that represent the Pierce County-owned airports near Puyallup and Gig Harbor.

The May 10 meeting features presentations about... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2012

Peak season ferry rates take effect May 1

April 30, 2012

Peak season rates apply starting Tuesday, May 1, for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs from May 1 to Sept. 30.

Walk-on passenger rates... Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2012

Summit-area residents invited to public meeting on proposed road improvements

April 27, 2012

Summit-area residents are invited to a public meeting on May 10 to learn about Pierce County’s proposed improvements to more than a mile of Canyon Road E. from 99th St. Court E. to 84th St. E.

“The... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2012

Celebrate Puget Sound in May

April 25, 2012

Communities across Western Washington will celebrate Puget Sound with family-friendly activities and educational programs during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

"Puget Sound is a treasure that... Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2012

More plastic recycling options for Pierce County residents

April 24, 2012

Pierce County residents can now recycle additional plastic items. Plastic jars, tubs and buckets can be added to curbside recycling carts. Examples include yogurt and sour cream containers, plastic salsa... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2012

FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

April 23, 2012

FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain... Read on...

Posted on: April 16, 2012

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 18

April 16, 2012

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 18, and continue through June.... Read on...

Posted on: March 23, 2012

Airport Advisory Commission applicants sought

March 23, 2012

The Pierce County Executive is seeking applicants to fill four positions on the Thun Field Advisory Commission (TFAC). The Pierce County Council created the TFAC to provide the community and airport tenants... Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2012

Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

Feb. 29, 2012

Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated floodplains over the next 20 years.

The draft Rivers... Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2012

Last chance for free storm debris disposal

Friday Feb 24 2012 9:27 AM

Sunday, Feb. 26 is your last chance to dispose of storm debris of any size for free at select Pierce County transfer stations.

Hidden Valley17925 Meridian Street ESeven days a... Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2012

Free storm debris disposal ends Feb. 26

Friday Feb 17 2012 3:58 PM

If you have put off cleaning up after the January snow and ice storm, time is running out to take advantage of free storm debris disposal. Pierce County's program will wrap up on Sunday, Feb... Read on...

Posted on: January 25, 2012

Calm between storms: county crews manage the clean-up

Wednesday Jan 25 2012 5:07 PM

County crews are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel from the storm events that started Friday, Jan. 13 and lasted more than a week.

Although calls are still trickling in, the... Read on...