Construction starts on I-5 Berkeley Street overpass in Lakewood
They will also improve the sidewalks and add another southbound lane as part of the overpass.
The goal of the project is to improve traffic flow and also decrease traffic congestion; currently, people traveling to Madigan Army Medical Center regularly encounter traffic congestion.
“This project demonstrates what happens when different government agencies partner to address a regional problem,” Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson said. “Traffic congestion in the I-5 corridor has a direct effect on the ability of military personnel, their families and veterans to access Madigan Army Medical Center. The City of Lakewood, Washington State Department of Transportation and Joint Base Lewis-McChord recognize this and are taking this step to alleviate the regular traffic bottlenecks near the hospital. This benefits the military community and the region as a whole.”
The project has been part of a collaboration between leaders in Lakewood and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
“We certainly appreciate how leaders at the City of Lakewood took the initiative to get the funding to make this project happen,” Kevin Dayton, WSDOT regional administrator, said. “It really highlights how partnerships can get things done.”