Less than a block away from Chuck Kimrey’s store, crews are preparing to improve a set of train tracks that will link Lakewood riders to Tacoma and farther north.
It’s part of Sound Transit’s effort to extend Sounder commuter service to Lakewood, something South Sound taxpayers first voted for in 1996.
The multi-county transit agency aims to extend Sounder service to Lakewood by 2012. From Tacoma Station, the tracks will run out of the Dome District and South Tacoma, into Lakewood and end at Lakewood Station.
Sound Transit is now upgrading a set of freight train tracks that run through Lakewood. Part of the job requires closing four train crossings over city streets, including 100th Street Southwest near Kimrey’s mattress store. That agency will close that crossing April 23-25.
The city and Sound Transit, after consulting with businesses near the tracks, agreed to close a train crossing to cars and pedestrians one weekend per month between March and June. Officials say the schedule will cause the least amount of interruption to neighbors.
Kimrey, owner of Beds, Bunks & Mattresses Off-Price Outlet, said he hopes that is the case.
“The least time they tie up the roads, the better,” he said this week.
The city says the work, while it will interrupt some businesses, is necessary. Voters in Sound Transit’s three-county area passed a bond in 1996 that included commuter rail service to Lakewood, and the city has been waiting for the agency to make good on the promise ever since.
Here are the train crossings Sound Transit will close over the next three months:
- 100th Street Southwest near Lakeview Avenue Southwest, April 23-35
– 108th Street Southwest near Lakeview Avenue Southwest, May 14-16.
– Bridgeport Way Southwest near Pacific Highway, June 25-27.
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