The Lake Louise boat ramp located off of Melody Lane Southwest in Lakewood will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays Oct. 6 through Dec. 7 while crews work on the sanitary sewer pump station located next to the ramp. Property owners who store their boats on the lake and those who launch from this ramp should plan accordingly.
The portion of Melody Lane Southwest in front of the pump station will be closed to traffic 24 hours a day Oct. 6 through Dec. 7. Pedestrian access along Melody Lane Southwest will be available during the work.
Pierce County's contractor, McClure and Sons, Inc., is replacing the pump station's existing natural gas generator with a new diesel generator. The work also includes replacement of electrical cabinet enclosures and installation of water backflow prevention devices. A temporary generator will be installed and removed upon start-up of the new generator.
This is part of a preservation project that replaces emergency generators at 28 pump stations in Lakewood. The generators are used during power outages to keep the sewage pump station in service and avoid possible wastewater overflows.
The existing generators were installed between 1983 and 1986, and have reached the end of their expected useful life. Lack of replacement parts and manufacturer service technicians make these generators difficult to maintain and create a failure risk in the collection system. Installing diesel generators will improve the reliability of the collection system, reduce noise levels and reduce the cost of operating the pump stations.
For more information on the Lakewood Generator Replacement project, visit www.piercecountywa.org/lakewoodgenerator.
Jeff Roscoe, Public Works and Utilities construction engineering and inspection supervisor
Kristin Tinsley, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities communications coordinator