ROUNDABOUTS SHOULD NOT BE INSTALLED UNTIL CENTER LANE IS ADDED

WHAT IS NOT REALISTIC 

  • SR162 between Sumner and Orting WILL NOT be widened into 4 lanes in our lifetime.
  • 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 runoff accumulation ponds would require even more right-of-way costs.

 

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

    • The cost to accomplish this SR162 improvement redirecting current WSDOT funding

    • SR162, a two lane rural corridor will be trying to handle the same amount of traffic that SR410 to Bonney Lake, a four lane highway, is handling today.

  • This corridor cannot absorb the additional traffic (1000 more cars per peak hour) without this minimal improvement.

  • Additional SR162 traffic volume surge begins in 2026 (only 5 years from now).

    • AND YOU THINK YOU HAVE NIGHTMARES NOW!!

 

HOW DO WE MAKE IT HAPPEN?

  • This is where you squeekie wheels come in.
  • WSDOT needs to hear from you.
  • Not just once, but periodically thoughout the year
  • Share your frustration (OR NIGHTMARES) and commuting experiences along with recommending their support for funding to add a turn lane and shoulders to SR162.
  • There are enough of us living through this traffic nightmare to keep this alive throughout the year.
  • You can also send the same email/letter to numerous legislators, but for sure Transportation Committee members (as noted by red * next to names on Please Help page)
  • Do you have 15-30 minutes once a month or quarter - to save you that much each commute
    • WSDOT has funds for smaller critical point projects
    • We need to show them the crisis

 

WE CAN MAKE YOUR WORK EASIER

  • Our PLEASE HELP page has contact information for all area legislators and WSDOT leadership.
  • Share your experiences on SR162 and request changes now

 

Important:  keep your emails/letters respectful because nothing discounts a movement like bad feelings

 

SPREAD THE WORD

STOP YOUR TRAFFIC NIGHTMARES

"Incremental steps needed to widen SR162"

Waiting to fund full widening will take years.  We need something done NOW.

YOU  are our only hope now