Key Center Transfer Station is closed Jan. 7, 2022 due to a fallen tree. Other transfer stations remain open at this time. For a list of other Pierce County transfer stations, visit: piercecountywa.gov/transferstations
Both Pierce County Airport -Thun Field and Tacoma Narrows Airport runways are open. Check Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/nsapp.html#/ for the most up-to-date airport runway information.
Pierce County Ferry will resume its regular daily schedule tomorrow, Jan. 19, with the first sailing at 4:45 a.m. from Steilacoom. The ferry schedule is available on our website: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/FerrySchedule
For the health and safety of our community, the Lakewood Community Center is temporarily closed January 8-23, 2022. All in-person and virtual programs along with rentals are cancelled and refunds will be issued.
Please note that not all roadway obstructions appear on this map such as most traffic accidents, construction/utility work, short-term maintenance work, or issues that have not been reported to us.
Pierce County’s major roads connect residential areas to service centers and state highways.
These major roads are our priority during a snow and ice event, along with Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes. If you can get out of your neighborhood and reach a key arterial, you will likely find a drivable road.
The level of service these major roads receive during winter weather is determined by several factors, including weather conditions, the classification of the roadway, and available resources.
When a severe winter storm is forecast, our plan provides that crews apply anti-icing products to key arterials and lifelines routes assuming all resources are available.
If heavy snowfall affects roads countywide, plow trucks with de-icing materials are deployed 24 hours a day when all resources are available until conditions improve.
Once on detour, know where your route will travel by visiting our Snow/Extreme Weather page and clicking the tab (at the bottom) for your route number. The black dotted line shows the detour route; the red line indicates the portion of the route with no service during the detour.
Sign up for route-specific text messages that will arrive when your route goes on/off detour. Visit PierceTransit.org/StayConnected, enter your mobile number in the box on the right and select your route number(s) to sign up.
What Determines if My Routes Goes on its Snow Route Detour?
Because Pierce Transit’s service area spans 272 square miles, road and weather conditions can vary widely. Pierce Transit determines which routes to place on "snow route" detour status on a route-by-route basis. During a snow event, buses may come less frequently and it may take longer to get to your destination, especially if buses are chained and roads are icy or snowy.
Here is what you can do to ensure a safe transit trip during adverse weather:
Give yourself plenty of time to get to your bus stop. Walking conditions will likely be different from usual during ice and snow events.
Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes with good traction. Remember, you may need to walk a bit further to a stop if your route is on detour.
Make sure the bus driver can see you. Even in daylight, stormy conditions can reduce visibility. Carry a flashlight, and use your cellphone light to flag the bus (please don’t flash it in the bus driver’s eyes - thank you!). Wear bright and/or reflective clothing so you can easily be seen.
In severe snow and ice, buses often avoid hills. If your bus stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom where the operator can safely stop.
Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop. Buses can slip sideways in icy road conditions.
In partnership with the Coalition to End Homelessness and the City of Tacoma, Pierce County is coordinating warm indoor places to shelter for those experiencing homelessness, including those with pets, children, and partners. In addition, arrangements are being made to support those who choose not to leave their current outdoor location. Updates will be posted at www.pchomeless.org, a site maintained by the Coalition to End Homelessness.