SR162 businesses and carriers affected

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MAJOR TRUCKING CORRIDOR

  • SR162 is already a level 2 route (second highest DOT rating) for freight and goods.
  • Over 1000 truck-trailer combinations travel the corridor daily
  • Majority of the 1000 plus trucks travel between the hours of 6am and 5pm.
  • Tehaleh is an employment-based community which will further increase truck traffic on SR162

BUSINESS ACCESS AND EGRESS

  • Without two-way turn lanes, businesses along SR162 will be drastically affected by the increased volume of traffic
  • Left turns into businesses cause traffic flow interruptions and this will get worse
  • Entering and leaving SR162 is currently dangerous, but increased volume will make it even more risky
  • Traffic metered by roundabouts will not allow for the interruptions in traffic that now exists with traffic lights for access and egress
  • State may require right turns only to enter SR162 greatly impacting businesses and residents
  • Limited access equals limited sales for businesses operating along SR162

"FARM TO MARKET" CORRIDOR

  • Farmers depend upon the SR162 corridor to move their goods
  • Today's valley farms depend upon consumers coming to them to sell their crops
  • Congested traffic restricts the draw of customers to their businesses

SEASONAL BUSINESS IMPACTS

  • How do you think SR162 volume will impact the seasonal access to valley farms?
  • Orting valley farming has been a fixture of this valley for centuries
  • Daffodil season was once a major attraction to this area, but today...
    • Spring brings nursery customers to the fields
    • Summer brings the berry lovers to the valley
    • Autumn congests the highway with pumpkin patch customers
    • Winter brings flocks of customers to the many valley tree farms

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED 

  • Letter writing or direct contact with state legislators and WSDOT officials is your most effective action
  • We have made letter writing easier with templates, names, and contact information
  • Time is your concern and ours but taking just a few minutes here will maybe reduce the time you sit in your car in the years ahead
  • Visit our "PLEASE HELP" page to become part of the SR162 traffic solution

 

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