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July 2018

City of Fife Breaks Ground on Its Largest Public Works Contract

The groundbreaking kicks off the first two-year phase of the construction project to reduce congestion at Port of Tacoma Road and I-5. Photo courtesy of the Port of Tacoma.

On 18 July 2018, the City of Fife broke ground on Phase 1 of a major construction project at the Interstate 5 (I-5)/Port of Tacoma Road interchange. The two-part, $42.5 million construction project aims to speed traffic between the Port of Tacoma and I-5.

City of Fife staff and local government representatives attended the groundbreaking. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was among those who addressed the crowd at the celebration. “Today I get to say, ‘If you want to improve your life, build a road to Fife,’” Inslee said. “And by improving lives in this regard, if anybody asked you what this road connection is, it’s a road to jobs.”

Washington State Initiates School Seismic Safety Program

Washington State has a high risk of experiencing strong and damaging earthquakes because of its geological setting, particularly on the western side near the Cascadia subduction zone. This risk makes it critical to address the seismic safety of schools in the state.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking measures to assess seismic safety in many of Washington’s K-12 schools. The Washington Geological Survey (WGS), a division of DNR, recently received funding to work with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and a team of structural engineers to conduct seismic assessments at approximately 220 school buildings in the state. Conceptual seismic retrofit plans will be produced for 20 of the school buildings deemed most at risk.