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Category: Frederickson


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

The intersection at 176th Avenue East and 22nd Avenue East in Frederickson will close for construction at 9 p.m. on Friday and reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, according to a Pierce County press release.

Crews will excavate the roadway, place crushed rock and pave the intersection, the release says.

Businesses will remain open during construction and a detour route will be in effect. A detour map is available at piercecountywa.org/fredericksonarea.

The work is part of a larger project on 176th Street East from 14th Avenue East to Waller Road East. It will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion, according to

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Electronic message signs approved for Frederickson, South Hill

Electronic message signs will be permitted in the Frederickson and South Hill areas starting in mid-August.

The Pierce County Council voted 6-0 today to adopt regulations allowing schools, churches, public safety agencies and parks to operate the signs in Frederickson and South Hill starting Aug. 15. Council member Stan Flemming, R-University Place, was absent.

The council’s action came after a long dispute over the sign changes. The Puyallup and Bethel school districts sought the changes and the council amended its comprehensive plan last year to permit the signs. Several area residents appealed the changes to the Growth Management Hearings

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Lahar sirens to blare tomorrow

The county will test its upgraded lahar warning system Tuesday at 10 a.m., which will cause 17 alarms to blare for about a minute.

The sirens are located in four cities and three unincorporated areas: Sumner, Fife, Puyallup, Orting, McMillin, Riverside and Alderton.

This will be the first time the county tests its upgraded, interconnected warning system. Older sirens not connected to the new system will not go off.

Some schools may coordinate evacuation drills in coordination with the siren testing. Read more in the county’s press release below.

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It’s a ‘family affair’ at Boeing Frederickson plant

From TNT reporter Mike Archbold:

The burn barrel outside the front gate of Boeing’s plant in Fredrickson was still smoldering Saturday afternoon as striking machinists waved picket signs at motorists passing by on Canyon Road.

"Fight for your rights," yelled one man as he drove by.

Horns blared almost constantly, making conversation difficult. Another motorist pulled over and handed the strikers a bag of ice cream bars.

The nearby Caveman Coffee along with KISW Radio was supplying the picketers with coffee.

The mood was upbeat among the more than 20 machinists, some with their wives and children, who stood in the warm sun stood in the sun and smiled at their supporters.

It was only Day 1 and no one knew how long they would be out of work.

"I guess it’s all up to the company," said Ken Ruether, 47, of Eatonville who has worked for Boeing for 23 years, 16 of them at Frederickson. "We’re hoping on the warmest September on record.

"We’re optimistic. We have every reason to believe the company will do the right thing."

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