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ROADS: State engineers broke what didn’t need fixing

Letter by Linda C. Schwartz, Tacoma / The News Tribune on Aug. 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm with 7 Comments »
August 24, 2010 5:09 pm

Re: “Engineers for roads rarely err, state says” (TNT, 8-22).

Who are they trying to kid? In my opinion, revising State Route 16 over the Nalley Valley is absolutely stupid and has been a fiasco. If something isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

I drove on 16 from North Tacoma to Fife, sometimes using the Sprague Avenue exit. I never had any problems.

My husband works at Fife. He comes home on State Route 99 or Interstate 705 to Pacific Avenue, makes a right, then a left on 11th Street, and comes up the hill to avoid the mess the engineers have created.

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  1. I never cared for the crisscrossing over the valley heading West. Thankfully, I rarely had to use highway 16.

    It looks like the project fixes the crisscrossing, and eventually will add new HOV lanes.

  2. scottsch111 says:

    It’s a mess because it isn’t done. It’s under construction!

    I can understand complaining about all the other things the millions of dollars being spent on this project could have paid for, but I have no doubt that once it’s finished, it will be nice. Hey, they should be commended by not waiting until that particular road became nearly unbearably congested, like many Seattle roads are, before upgrading it!

  3. It has nothing to do with engineers, or the way the highway is set up…What the REAL problem is, are the absolute morons, who THINK they are experts, who will CAUSE a backup if they cant find one!

    If they aren’t speeding and cutting and blocking, in some stupid, self centered attempt to “be first” they are stopping to satisfied their own nosy curiosity!

    Perfect case in point. Yesterday I was returning from a trip up to Port Angeles. A car was broken down on the northbound side near the toll booths. No big crisis, no big deal. Off the road and in the process of hooking up to tow truck. What was behind this big disaster? A solid, crawling traffic backup all the way back to Cheney Stadium!

    If you idiots would ignore these great spectacles and keep moving instead of stopping to get a better look at the excitement, none of you would have had to deal with the traffic problem.

    As far as the “design” of the Nalley Valley curves…If people would anticipate the curves, and follow the speed limits that have been 40MPH for decades, but No! you cant be expected to do THAT! So you speed up to teh curve, slam on your brakes and cause a brake light, chain reaction slowdown a mile long.

    Nope, it ain’t the roads folks…its YOU.

  4. Solution: Just chill out and stop on Union and Center St. at Grassi’s florist and buy your wife a dozen roses. Life will be so sweet. You won’t even think about Nalley Valley when you get home. Trust me.

  5. What a traffic nightmare it is!

  6. Messing up roads is a tradition in Pierce County. No sooner is a road improved, these clowns are out tearing it up again. I’ve never seen a worse collaboration of unqualified “engineers anywhere in the world.

  7. I think there should be a super reinforced barrier at the point where the exit from Hiway 16 to Sprague and has to make a 90 Degree left turn to get to Sprague! If this barrier isn,t in place,there will be a good chance, the driver that is not paying attention will drive over the smaller barrier where they should be making a hard left!

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