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POINT RUSTON: Where’s the tunnel bypass?

Letter by Jim Brewster, Tacoma on June 15, 2010 at 11:43 am with 5 Comments »
June 15, 2010 11:43 am

Last autumn, a story in The News Tribune reported that the Point Ruston developer was going to build a Ruston Way tunnel bypass in the spring of this year. Summer is almost here and still no bypass.

Since that time, the developer has shut down development of his project, yet he has also ripped up the road to install utilities, built a large dock and purchased/refurbished a big old ferry boat and parked it at said dock. But the tunnel and its hazards continue on.

The road is horribly cracked, potted and in ill repair in the area that will be bypassed. As I understand it, the developer is under a contractual obligation to install this bypass. Does anyone know when this guy is going to fulfill his legal obligation and get the road project completed?

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. The town of Ruston has a phone number. Maybe you would have more success calling them.

  2. The “developer” took the money, and ran !

    Suckers !

  3. headedsouth says:

    Imback – you are ignorant.
    The developer is doing a great job considering the economic climate. We should be telling them thank you for hanging on to the project since it will be an amazing place when it is finished.

  4. Dear Mr. Brewster,

    We agree with you. This major public works project needs to happen, and it needs to happen this summer.

    Point Ruston understands your frustrations. In fact, we share a similar sentiment. For 2 years Point Ruston has been diligently working to gain the necessary permits for this public infrastructure project. We have invested thousands of man hours and millions of dollars to move the permitting process along. Unfortunately many of the permits necessary for this work were tied up in year long legal battles that have only recently come to a head, with Point Ruston fighting for and winning its right to complete this project. And while the Local Improvement District (LID) agreement that you reference does not legally require us to do this work, we have agreed with the City of Tacoma to take on all of the City’s permitting process costs, and pay with our own funds for this over $15-million dollar project.

    And though we have some frustrations with what seems to be a never ending process, we remain proud of our accomplishments to date, including: completion of the 36 single family Stack Hill phase of the project, installation of new utilities to the site, and the completion of all of the land use approval and entitlements, including the arduous task of winning the numerous permit appeals that were filed against the project.

    Point Ruston remains committed to completing the Ruston Way realignment and turning what is arguably the City’s worst stretch of roadway, into undoubtedly the City’s best!!

    Sincerely,
    Loren Cohen

  5. brewspad says:

    Thank you for your response, it is appreciated. That said I still have issues with what you wrote.
    You say the LID does not legally obligate you to complete the project yet the City of Tacoma took the unusual step to approve your public subsidized funding through that process. You have the money in your pocket and all that we have to show for it is a dock and a huge ferry boat – neither of which will be used by anyone for several years at the rate that you are going. At the same time neither the cities of Ruston or Tacoma are going to spend a dime on the repair of that beat up and dangerous roadway in the area of the tunnel. All of that is your responsibility and every time I drive through there (generally twice a day) I experience that mess and point to you as both the cause and the solution. It is in your own best interest to complete the bypass through the fastest means possible because it will provide you with much more traffic – probably even bus service, and will give your Point Ruston more and better exposure.
    The ferry boat was the topper. Sounds to me like you have a misguided sense of priorities.

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