June 18th, 2014: A public meeting was held on May 21, 2014 at Nisqually Middle School. Many people attended and gave comments, which we are going through so we can address them.
The project are impacts to trees (and particularly oak trees) that we are seeking the assistance of an expert to determine how to minimize those impacts.
We are working with the utilities that are in the road to ensure that the design minimizes impacts to them, or if not avoidable, how to have the utilities relocated. Utilities include Puget Sound Energy (PSE) power and gas, Century Link wires, and City of Lacey water.
There are federally protected Mazama Pocket Gophers on the north end of the project and we are working with our County Planning Department and United States Fish and Wildlife (USFW) to determine how to mitigate impacts.
We will be contacting property owners that we need to obtain right of way or an easement from in a few months. There is a formal procedure that our County Right of Way department uses to ensure a fair process.
We would like to thank everyone who has participated in this project and appreciate your input. Please contact us if you have any questions.
OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014, 4–7 P.M. NISQUALLY
MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA. Thurston County Public Works has begun design of
improvements to Steilacoom Road between Marvin Road and Pacific Avenue. Work will include construction of
sidewalks, bicycle lanes, a center turn lane near Nisqually Middle
School, street lighting and storm drainage improvements. You are
invited to an open house to see the proposed
improvements, ask questions of staff and comment on
the proposed design.