Progess & Updates

Heavy traffic near Seattle
Drawing of planned Rhodes lake road expansion to 128th
Council meeting from perspective of audience
  • YOUR LETTERS AND EMAILS – have had a major impact on making Olympia painfully aware of the SR162 situation – one of the larger noisemakers in Olympia this session – thank you
  • TOWN MEETINGS - we have attended town hall meetings in Fife with three area district 25 legislators and presented our request for funding.
  • WSDOT - direct conversations have continued with DOT engineers and leaders
  • PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL – we have addressed and continue our communication with Council Chair Richardson for his influence with the State
  • CITY COUNCILS - we have attended both Sumner and Orting city council meetings and have addressed those council members and mayors. 
  • PUBLIC WORKS/SAFETY COMMITTEES – our representatives have met with county and city public works and public safety committees.
  • PUBLIC AWARENESS - our awareness program has reached out to the community through HOAs, door knocking, and business posters
  • MEDIA - The Tacoma News Tribune and Puyallup Herrald ran a video and article on our group and the issues concerning this SR162 corridor.
  • COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS - both of our county council members (Pam Roach and Dave Morell) have met with us to better understand and give us their support. 
  • TEHALEH - we continue to meet with Tehaleh representatives (last met with Scott Jones and Mark Enebrad) whom we have partnered with on SR162 improvement requests to the State.
  • STATE LEGISLATURE - We will be scheduling post-session meetings with State legislators in May.
    WSDOT – We are committed to continued efforts to continue our exchanges with the WSDOT.
    COMMUNITY MEETING - This meeting has been postponed until futher developments occur.  We are planning to host a future community meeting with information displays and attendees to include, State legislators, County leaders, and other stakeholders.
    COMMUNITY AWARENESS - We plan to continue our awareness program to include highway banners promoting our webpage, webpage updates, and continued community contacts
    NOTICES TO YOU – We will continue to reach out via social media and through our website (see our UPDATE PAGE) to provide notices for upcoming public meetings and events where you may share your convictions to the SR162 Sumner to Orting corridor improvements at our FEEDBACK page
    PAINFULLY SLOW PROCESS – instant gratification is what we all long for but unfortunately these processes take time
    COMMUNITY GROUP – we will continue our efforts and keep you informed of the progress
    YOUR CONTINUED EFFORTS – you can still send letters throughout the Legislatures out of session period – we will begin another blitz just prior and during the next January session

  • How YOU can help
  • STATE BUDGET DIRECTS WSDOT to follow the Pierce County SEIS preferred and recommended alternative for signals over roundabouts at the intersections of SR162/128th St. E 
    $1 million is budgeted for interchange design and right of way HOWEVER only IF "at least $50,000,000 is not made available, by means of transfer, deposit, appropriation, or other similar conveyance, to the motor vehicle account for stormwater-related activities" "by June 30, 2019, the amount provided in this subsection lapses", Sounds like we are being used as leverage for something other than SR162 improvements. 
  • TNT VIDEO AND ARTICLE AVAILABLE HERE Both are at and the article was in the Puyallup Herald on April  17, 2019. The video presents our side of the concerns about the SR162 corridor between Sumner and Orting.  The article has responses from the WSDOT and a Pierce County council member.  Thank you TNT and Allison Needles for responding to our concerns.
  • ORTING MEETING -  We attended the public (what we thought was a closed meeting) with the Orting Public Safety committee Friday April 5.  The WSDOT was there to present their argument for the roundabout proposed for SR162 and 128th St. E). View our response to that presentation HERE.
  • LETTER TO TOP WSDOT OFFICIAL Sorry if our patience is running out. We do not feel that the WSDOT has performed an adequate study of the roundabout at SR162/128th St E.  A number of issues were not considered as to the composition, origination, and destination of the vehicles using this roundabout.  Excerpts of letter can be seen HERE
  • ORTING SCHOOL DISTRICT - We met with district to discuss our issues and were received very well.  Their concerns are of course safety related (in harmony with ours) and were very interested in expanding the corridor with a two-way turn lane and full paved shoulders.  They too were concerned about the impacts of the proposed roundabout. Also discussed were the Impacts from further development in and around Orting.
  • How YOU can help


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