Respectfully, but forcibly bombard the Secretary of Transportation and Transportation Committee member’s in Olympia with your emails and letters demanding an environmental study be performed on this roundabout proposal. (see PLEASE HELP page for contact information – committee members have *)
The Washington State Environmental Policy Act requires any significant project to review the environmental impact of the project to the natural environment and the community it will impact. The WSDOT SR162/128th St E roundabout project has not met this policy leaving critical environmental and community impacts unaddressed.
WSDOT must be mandated to perform an environmental study on this intersection roundabout project to show the citizens of the valley and surrounding communities that they have addressed the environment and community impacts of this project.
The impacts to bicyclers, joggers, and walkers are threatened by the scale of this massive roundabout design. This new highway intersecting with SR162 will be carrying pedestrian and bicyclists from the Tehaleh developments to the Foothills Trail link on the west side of SR162. That means crossing over this highly congested, multi lane roundabout. Frustrated evening commuters will not be as attentive as needed to track all that is going on around this lane changing roundabout. Lives are at risk. Their safety is imperative.
While the functional effectiveness of a roundabout on this corridor is in question, the impacts up and down stream on SR162 are very concerning. Roundabouts meter exiting vehicles evenly, however, in heavy volumes such as found on this corridor, the space between vehicles is quickly closed up creating a continuous flow of uninterrupted traffic. This makes access and egress to the highway impossible.
A number of properties will be displaced by this project. Due to the railway tracks adjacent to SR162 at this intersection a number of properties will be taken to move the roundabout to the east. This also eliminates the rural neighborhood business center zoning designated by the Alderton-McMillin Community Plan. Two historical properties (McMillin Church and McMillin School) will not be impacted by the roundabout. The McMillin Church loses its street front parking and puts the structure dangerously close to traffic lanes. The McMillin School (now McMillin Grange and venue hall) access/egress is made more restrictive due to multiple lanes added to their frontage.
This roundabout design is the width of 12 traffic lanes, to get a perspective of its size. With all of those lanes comes a tremendous amount of cement (non-permeated surface). What are the impacts of the roundabout and its widened approaches on the water runoff issues? What about exhaust emissions caused by this gridlocked multi-lane roundabout during peak commute hours?
I feel that your influence and action is our last hope to remedy this oversight of not performing an environmental impact study on this project.
Thank you for your support in addressing the need.
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