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TRAFFIC: Here’s idea for some I-5 relief

Letter by Howard H. Glastetter , Olympia on Oct. 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm | 3 Comments »
October 6, 2010 3:59 pm

With the increased population of Joint Base Lewis-McChord there is a need for Interstate 5 transportation relief. Over the past 15 to 20 years, I have suggested an inexpensive way to cut traffic flow out of North Thurston County.

Next to Exit 116 of I-5 (Mounts Road) is a triangular piece of JBLM land. It is completely useless to the base. It is roughly 10 to 15 acres in size and lies between Old Pacific Highway and I-5 at northbound Exit 116. The parcel would make an ideal location for a park-and-ride for northbound Thurston County commuters. It could reduce commute costs and cut the increasing congestion on I-5.

It also lies right next to two rail lines. One is the main north-south line. Another is a spur that runs along I-5 into Tacoma. The site could also serve as a future train station (bus station, too).

The property could be donated to the state for highway enhancement. It could delay or prevent I-5 highway expansion, saving unnecessary expenses and the environment.

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