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TILLICUM: Camp Murray gate relocation is a mistake

Letter by John Wegner, Lakewood on Aug. 19, 2010 at 11:19 am | No Comments »
August 19, 2010 1:35 pm

Camp Murray has put a project on the fast track to relocate its main gate right through the heart of Tillicum. This new location will route close to 4,000 cars per day through a residential area where children play and families try to live peacefully.

If allowed, this project will have a serious negative impact on the families in Tillicum. First and foremost, the children of Tillicum will be endangered by this flow of traffic as they make their way to school or the park. The noise from all this traffic, which includes commercial vehicles, will negatively affect the quality of life for the residents of Tillicum. Additionally, this traffic flow is sure to decrease the property values of the homes along the proposed route.

You would think these reasons alone would be sufficient to pursue an alternate route. However, Camp Murray officials are insistent that this is the only viable solution. They are trying to sell this proposal as a cure for the traffic problem at the I-5 Berkeley exit when in reality all it will do is move the problem into a residential neighborhood.

This is unacceptable, and I am hopeful that our elected officials will do what they can to stop this mistake.

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