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CASCADIA: Address traffic congestion first

Letter by Gerald R. Wheeler, Orting on March 25, 2011 at 11:30 am with 5 Comments »
March 25, 2011 1:46 pm

Re: “Cascadia project has new owner, new hope” (TNT, 3-24).

For years Pierce County has allowed almost unlimited residential building in this area resulting in a lot of traffic congestion on state Route 162, especially at commuting hours.

Before there is more added congestion, the highway needs to be widened from two lanes to four. But being a state highway, only the state can take on this project.

What is Pierce County doing to get the state to take on this badly needed project? Stop adding more huge residential building projects like Cascadia until we get the highway problem solved.

No doubt Pierce County wants the increase in assessed valuations for tax purposes, but stop ignoring the need for good ingress and egress so everyone can enjoy living here.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. You knew what you were getting into when you moved to that area. Quit whining about it now. I’m a state taxpayer, and I don’t use those roads, so why should I pay for them so you can “enjoy” living there? I couldn’t afford to live there even if I wanted to. No matter what you think, “everyone” doesn’t live there, and “everyone” can’t enjoy living there.

    Okay, I’m kidding, but a lot of commenters hereabouts are serious with that sort of comment. By the way, did you vote for or actively support Pierce Transit’s Proposition 1? I thought not. Bus service on the Orting loop would sure have helped a bit with the congestion, but that’s off the table now, isn’t it?

  2. What HiWay 410 needs is Frontage Roads, not more lanes with ingress and egress every 100 feet. Any road designer, planner, engineer, including those with Pierce County and DOT, should be required to design Frontage Roads in every area. So should housing developers. Let’s not make a lousy situation worse by simply adding lanes. ANYWHERE!

  3. Good letter Gerald. Wish the powers that be would follow your suggestion.

  4. SSounder says:

    Certainly the utilization of property by private property owners has an impact on our roads, among other things. Government begins down slippery slope when it uses its power to stop growth on our behalf because we are tired of it. Policies must be written and administered to stand up to muster under state and federal constitutions.

    One option is for the People to buy private property from willing sellers.

  5. ItalianSpring says:

    It’s simple. Will LESS roads fix the traffic situation? Will MORE? Which is more likely to work given time/space and the physics involved. Now that I have angered you libs and you are screaming at me through your computer screen, go chill out and smoke a bowl of medical marijuana.

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