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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 with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Sumner401 says:

    Good idea Howard, too bad mass transit is so darned liberal.

  2. Howard nice try but this will never happen. It just makes too much sense.

  3. eagle_beak says:

    Mr. Glastetter, i hope that your ideas get acted upon. perhaps someone that can be instrumental in making those things happen, will read you letter. keep trying. the best ideas often come from the average citizen that tries…….

    God bless America and help us keep our country great!

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