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4 LANE HIGHWAY TO JOIN SR162 

  • 4 lane highway from the Bonney Lake plateau (Tehaleh and Falling Water developments) begins construction in 2019.
  • Over 1000 additional vehicles per peak commute hour predicted by WSDOT
  • Developments add over 10,000 new residential homes
  • New highway serves as a gateway to these developments
  • 4 lanes connect with two lane SR162 using a 3 lane roundabout at McMillin (128th St E)
  • Projected over 90 cars per peak commute MINUTE will converge on this roundabout 

WSDOT PLANNING ROUNDABOUTS ON SR162

  • Many issues with this decision
  • Roundabouts can and do work well in most applications HOWEVER those applications that do not have the conditions encountered in this transportation corridor.
    • To include:
      • Over 1000 trucks each day negotiating roundabouts with cars (most are tractor trailer combinations)
        • That is over 100 units per hour between 6am and 4pm
        • Truck slowdowns negotiating roundabouts negate their effectiveness
      • Daily volumes of 21,000 vehicles now and 150% more in 2035
      • Farming corridor with seasonal business activity from June to December
      • Peak commuting level of service rating of "F" (failure, meaning stop and go with more stop)
      • Rails to Trails pedestian and bike traffic crossings
      • Nearly 140 uncontrolled highway access points (residential & commercial streets and drives)
      • Commuterrs already endured hours of driving must then feel stress of "roundabout anxiety"
  • Lahar evacuation is choked by roundabouts (all lanes will travel north during evacuation-will be slowed by roundabouts)
  • Roundabouts meter cars causing continuous evenly spaced traffic downstream
    • Eliminates signal breaks in traffic for highway access and egress for homes and businesses
  • Higher cost of building roundabouts could be better used for widening highway
  • Lesser risk of serious accidents but greater risk for fender benders
  • City of Sumner rejected roundabout design for SR410/Traffic Ave interchange upgrade due to issues including truck volumne
  • Future WSDOT planning includes 11 roundabouts between Sumner and Orting

ADDITIONAL 1000 CARS PER PEAK HOUR 

  • SR162 ranks 4th in the State for traffic collisions
  • County projects an increase of up to 1000 additional vehicles onto SR162 per peak commuting hour
  • Within 10 years there will be an additional 30,000 vehicles PER DAY traveling between Sumner and Orting
  • What is your commute on SR162 like today at current volumes?
  • Currently SR162 is at peak capacity - State rates the level of service at "F" failure
  • Additional cars will not increase traffic (now at maximum) only extend the commuting peak hours adding more time to your commute
  • We won't even mention what would happen if the valley ever faces a volcano lahar under these gridlock conditions

ADDRESSING IMPACTS TO SR162

  • Traffic Flow - how best to handle additional volume
  • Impact upon secondary valley roads (Military Road, McCutcheon, and Riverside Dr)
  • Highway access and egress dangers
  • Businesses will be impacted (already feeling the negative effects of today's traffic) 
  • SR162 lacks emergency shoulders
    • No provision for safe bus stop zones for school buses and community transit
  • SR410 / SR162 Interchange is a major problem
  • WSDOT and Pierce County must be the target of a large and organized campaign to reduce the impacts of this new highway on affected corridors

WHY WAS THIS NEW HIGHWAY APPROVED TO BEGIN WITH?

  • SR 162 will be the gateway to the Tehaleh community
    • Tehaleh is the largest of the new Bonney Lake plateau developments (projected over 9700 dwelling units, plus businesses)
    • Tehaleh has allotted up $21 million to WSDOT for improvements on SR162
    • Currently there is only one adequate connection to that community and it is through Bonney Lake
    • A more direct route was sought by Tehaleh and approved by Pierce County
  • A 4 lane highway will connect to a 2 lane highway - is something wrong here?
    • There is no stopping the addition of this highway which will begin construction in 2019 and open 2024
  • Now the ball is in the WSDOT's court to minimize the highway's impacts to SR162 traffic and valley residents 

YOUR HELP IS STILL NEEDED

  • Letter writing or direct contact with WSDOT officials is your most effective action
    • You can email them the links we provide
    • We need to keep pressuring the WSDOT to raise the priority of the SR162 Puyallup to Orting corridor improvements
    • The State legislature is no longer in session so for a while we can give our legislators a needed break
  • Visit our "PLEASE HELP" page to become part of the SR162 traffic solution

 

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