Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Road improvements in Frederickson to close 176th St. E

Over the next three years, starting this summer, much of 176th Street E. in Frederickson will be under construction along with a nearby stretch of Canyon Road. The construction projects will result in considerable vehicle and pedestrian improvements including: widening roadways to add lanes, medians, sidewalks, street lights and traffic signals, as well as a new bridge over the railroad tracks just west of Canyon Road.

Once complete, the improvements will be a significant benefit to the community. However, in the meantime construction delays and road closures will be a major inconvenience to the traveling public. Residents and businesses should plan for the following road closures:

Late Summer 2010:
10-day road closure of 176th St E between 38th Ave E and 51st Ave E

Late Summer/Fall 2010:
4-week westbound lane closure of 176th St E between Waller Rd E and 36th Ave E

Spring/Summer 2011:
4-month road closure of 176th St E for new bridge construction

Pierce County is committed to completing the work as quickly and efficiently as possible. The County issued construction bonds to fund these projects simultaneously rather than spreading the work out over multiple years as separate projects, which would have created years of detours and delays rather than a few months of closures.

Residents and businesses should plan ahead for this construction as detour routes will add an average of 30 minutes to trips and upwards of an hour during peak commute time. This may be a good time to form a carpool, work a different shift, or telecommute. Avoiding the detour routes during the morning and afternoon rush will help save time and inconvenience.

For more information Read the project newsletter, visit the project website, or contact project manager, Ramiro Chavez,, (253) 798-7041.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Air Cargo Compliance Deadline Nears

A law requiring the screening of 100% of items transported on passenger aircraft will become effective this coming August. The deadline of August 1, 2010 is Congressionally mandated.

There are regional town hall meetings and monthly Webinars to provide information regarding the 100% cargo screening mandate (and the Certified Cargo Screening Program) and to answer questions from shippers and freight forwarders.

The Non-Sensitive Security Information (SSI) version of the TSA Air Cargo ScreeningTechnology List Version 2.0 has been posted online.

This list indicates the technologies that can be used by air carriers, indirect air carriers, independent cargo screening facilities, and shippers in the Certified Cargo Screening Program to screen for domestic and outbound (of the U.S.) air cargo.

The next free webinar of the series on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1:00 p.m. EST, titled: “Is package integrity critical to your business?” features TSA’s Marc Rossi, Certified Cargo Screening (CCSP) Program Branch Chief and guest speaker Brad Elrod, Senior Manager of Global Logistics Security, Pfizer, Inc.

There will be a series of webinars occuring monthly through June. If you haven’t registered for one of the free webinars or road shows, please visit this site.  The next TSA Town Hall in Seattle will be April 7-8, 2010. Visit here to register.

Information regarding CCSP is now directly available via the TSA website. To access TSA’s CCSP, use this address.

For further information, you may contact Lon Siro, Regional Coordinator (PCSA)- Pacific Northwest and North Central Plains, Certified Cargo Screening Program.