MILITARY ROAD'S FUTURE
 

Dramatic volume changes are coming to Military Road between SR162 and top of the hill

 

REASONS WHY

PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL PASSED ORDINANCE NO 208-28s IN JUNE OF 2008 

  • ORDINANCE called for the establishment of a new arterial corridor from Tehaleh (and Falling Waters) to 128th St E and SR162
  • PURPOSE was to improve east-west mobility for the Orting Plateau (Tehaleh/Falling Waters developments)
  • MILITARY ROAD was considered the east-west link west of SR162 for plateau traffic

MILITARY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS WERE TO BE CONCURRENT WITH NEW HIGHWAY OPENING

  • County concurrency means BEGINNING within 5 years of the main project completion
  • County is no longer talking concurrency with the Tehaleh highway and we need to encourage that 
  • County is, however, currently looking at options to handle the additional plateau to plateau traffic

WIDENING MILITARY ROAD ISSUES

WIDENING PRESENTS MANY ENGINEERING CHALLENGES AND RESULTING COSTLY BUILDOUT

  • Roadway hillside is unstable for widening in that direction
  • Residential properties threatened by widening toward hillside
  • Valley side widening would require a bridge type structure to support additional lanes

ALTERNATIVE CORRIDOR CONCEPT (128th St E. - WEST)

NEW EAST-WEST CORRIDOR CONSIDERED FROM 128th St E TO 122nd Ave E (Southhill Puyallup)

  • Provides direct route for Tehaleh plateau east-west travels to South Hill
  • New corridor created extending 128th St E west of SR162 scaling up hillside
  • Two lane roadway possible (hillside actually more stable than Military Road widening)
  • Removes east-west Tehaleh traffic from Military Road
  • SEE MAP

DO NOTHING OPTION

DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION

  • 2018 Pierce County AADT (Annual Average Daily Traffic) Report
    • In last 5 years 
      • 60% increase in amount of traffic  on Military Road west of SR162
        • Traffic on this corridor increasing annually WITHOUT added Tehaleh traffic
  • Projected Military Road peak hour traffic numbers (increase from Tehaleh traffic)
    • 2,606* vehicles per peak commuting hour traveling UP and DOWN Military Road
      • Currently 955* vehicles both directions
    • 1,319* vehicles per peak commute hour UP (westbound) Military Road
      • Currently 505* vehicles Up 
    • 1,287* vehicles per peak commute hour DOWN (eastbound) Military Road
      • Currently 450* vehicles Down
  • SR162/Military Road Intersection
    • Increase in the number of left turns northbound on SR162
    • Causing further delays to north/south travel times
  • Access/Egress to Military Road by surrounding residents
    • Volume will prevent entry from driveways and adjacent residential streets
    • If a roundabout is installed at SR162 same scenrio will result
  • Heavy traffic including more truck traffic 
    • Will stress an already vulnerable hillside roadway

WHAT CAN WE DO?

ENCOURAGE PIERCE COUNTY TO PERFORM A STUDY AND FIND SOLUTION

  • TIMELINE should be BEFORE the projected volume increases arrive
  • Should be HIGHEST COUNTY PRIORITY apart from Canyon Road connection to SR167 extension
    • Tehaleh is the largest development in Washington State 
  • 128th St. E needs to be extended west from SR162 by building a new roadway up the hill connecting with 144th St E on the South Hill plateau (traffic can turn north or south onto 122nd Ave E or continue to SR161 (Meridian).  This reroutes traffic from the Military Road/SR162 corridor.

* 2018 Transportation Discipline Report - figure 4-9

* 2017 Tehaleh EBPC Phase 2 SEIS - figure 3-5

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