WE CAN'T MAKE IT WIDER
BUT WE CAN SURE MAKE IT SAFER

WSDOT SR162 STUDY STARTING NOW

Adding 2-way turn lane, safety shoulders, intersection improvements

 

WSDOT HAS STARTED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT DESIGN STUDY TO ADD A CENTER TURN LANE TO SR162 FROM SR410 TO ORTING

  • We need to be sure that they do it in a timely manner
  • At completion of study we need to help them fund the project to completion
  • We will continue to need your help moving forward

 

CENTER TURN LANE SHOULD BE INSTALLED FOR COMMUTER & RESIDENT SAFETY

  • Left turns block traffic along the corridor (140 uncontolled connections on this corridor)

  • Center two-way turn lane removes left turners from the traffic flow

    • Rear-end collisions are on the increased, some caused by left turning traffic

  • Vehicles entering the corridor turning left onto the highway have a center lane to enter before merging into traffic

  • Other Advantages

    • When school busses stop to pick up or drop off students, traffic in opposite direction is not required to stop

    • During gridlocked hours center lane allows emergency vehicles to pass through traffic

 

SHOULDER WIDTH SHOULD BE INCREASED 

  • Provides an area for vehicles to exit travel lanes 

    • After minor accidents

    • In case of vehicle breakdowns

    • To yield to emergency vehicles (especially under gridlock conditions)

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HIGH CEDARS (Residential Development and Golf Course) AT SR162 NEEDS TO BE A CONTROLLED INTERSECTION

  • Support High Cedars efforts to partner with WSDOT to make improvements to this access/egress point of SR162  (sign petition at Golf Club)
  • High levels of access and egress to this development and public golf course is creating hazardous traffic conditions for both SR162 travelers and residents and patrons
  • The Foothills Trail that parallels SR162 crosses at this uncontrolled intersection posing a hazard to both trail users and motorists

  • It is the only high volume access point on SR162 without a traffic light
  • Potential life threatening accidents are possible on this 50mph stretch of SR162

 

WHAT IS NOT REALISTIC 

  • SR162 between Sumner and Orting WILL NOT be widened into 5 lanes in our lifetime.

  • WA State WSDOT focus is moving away from adding more travel lanes

  • This corridor in not even on the WSDOT horizon for such a major project in this small corridor.

    • Right-of-way purchase costs would be enormous. 

    • The cost of relocating utility lines would also be cost prohibitive.

    • Water retention issues may take more property acquisitions.

  • The solution is to create or improve alternate routes for SR162 traffic

 

WHAT IS REALISTIC

  • SR162, between Sumner and Orting CAN NOW BE widened to add a two-way turn lane and wider shoulders USING THE EXISTING RIGHT-OF-WAY and current UTILITY LINE LOCATIONS

    • Not only that, this corridor already has two-way turn lanes in a number of locations as the result of traffic mitigations for adjacent developments

    • 2023 Transportation budget provides funding for a WSDOT design study of this option

 

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  • MAKE THIS TOPIC PART OF YOUR CONVERSATION WITH OTHERS.

  • THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE IN YOUR LIFE, SO SHARE IT AND REQUEST THEIR SUPPORT.

  • GUIDE THEM TO OUR WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE.

  • WE CAN DO THIS!

  • BESIDES, WHAT WILL WE GET IF WE DO NOTHING.........?