During the event


The 2015 U.S. Open takes place June 15-21, and for many, the road to Chambers Bay Golf Course will run right through Lakewood.

In April, the USGA announced its transportation plan for the event, part of which calls for attendees to park at Fort Steilacoom Park and take a shuttle to University Place. The route that ticketholders are being told to use when driving to the park is, from Interstate 5, taking the Bridgeport Way exit, then following the route onto Steilacoom Boulevard to the park.

The Lakewood Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies will be directing traffic at key intersections.

The good thing for users of the popular park is the championship isn’t expected to alter their routines and plans, according to the USGA. Here are some helpful details:

– The park will remain open throughout the championship, and anyone is allowed to park in designated areas. Popular amenities such as the dog park, playground and trail around Waughop Lake will be open to the public.

– Park guests will be able to access the park from different areas based on parking capacity, but traffic monitors will be on-site to coordinate and show visitors where to park.

– U.S. Open attendees are expected to spend the majority of each day at Chambers Bay. That means there will be two peak traffic times during the U.S. Open week: the first from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and the second between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., shortly after the last golfers have completed their rounds for the day.

– The practice rounds are June 15-17. Championship play begins Thursday with the final round on Father’s Day, Sunday. This means the majority of traffic coinciding with commuters will be Thursday and Friday.

– Tee times: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Peak attendance course arrival times: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Departure: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with last ones out around 8 p.m.

– If locals would like to avoid U.S. Open-related traffic entirely, they can use alternative roads to reach Lakewood Towne Center, I-5, etc. That includes Hipkins Road, Phillips Road and 83rd Avenue Southwest.

The good news is although one of golf’s biggest events is in Lakewood’s back yard, the daily routines of residents shouldn’t change all that much. Locals can also take pride in the fact that the beauty of their community – along with the rest of the South Sound’s – will be on display on a global stage. Some may shop and dine while in town, although most are simply there for the show. More will want to come back to golf, play and stay if we simply welcome the world with extraordinary hospitality.

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