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JBLM: Just what we need – more traffic and noise

Letter by David L. Warnick, DuPont on March 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm with 6 Comments »
March 31, 2011 1:51 pm

The laudatory remarks made by congressional representatives about the new aviation brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (TNT, 3-30) lead me to one of two conclusions: Their individual tenures in D.C. have been such that they have totally lost touch with (or never really had any idea of) what life is like in South Pierce County or they have lost their minds.

From state Route 512 to the first Lacey exit is 19 miles. On Friday afternoon, it can take twohours to make this trip. The backup starts about 1 p.m. and lasts until about 7. From about 3 to 6:30 p.m. or so it is virtually impossible to get out of DuPont.

What we really need here is another 1,000 or so cars. We also really need more aircraft flying around here, albeit some of them we won’t hear because the artillery will drown them out.

I find it hard to believe that there actually was an environmental impact study done, unless it confined itself to JBLM and gave no consideration whatsoever to the surrounding communities.

In the future, before our elected representatives talk about what a great thing ever more troops at JBLM are, maybe they should contact someone in the area besides real estate developers and car dealers and find out what some of the residents actually think.

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  1. MalcolmRussell says:

    Millions of more dollars pumped into the local economy, to help working families and small business. More heroes and patriots serving their nation living and contributing to our local communities. Growing pains and a little “noise of freedom” are a small price to pay. What a ridiculous letter this is, I’m disappointed it was even published.

  2. Amen Malcolm. I’ll take a man or women who volunteers to protect this country over a whinning NIMBY any day of the week.

    Our service men and women need to train efficiently and effectively, so when they are sent in harms way, a higher percentage of them come home safe. If my community can help make that happen, a little more traffic is a very small sacrifice compared to price some of them will pay.

  3. madmike272 says:

    Well, Mr. Warnick, why don’t you moive your sorry butt somewhere else? Sniceling little girlyman!

  4. While I agree that traffic on SB I-5 is a nightmare (I now avoid Olympia like the plague because of it)…

    Wasn’t there a military base (two actually) where live fire and aircraft noise were an obvious issue when you CHOSE to move to Dupont?

    I don’t get how people move next to military bases and airports and then complain.

    There is a reason I don’t live near either.

  5. Why don’t we just move JBLM to another state, David. How long would it be
    before you are unemployed!

  6. I work at JBLM. Traffic has not improved during my 30+ years there, but it has cetainly not deteriorated to the extent you state. If I leave through the DuPont gate and head north before 1600 there is little backup even through the area where the base borders Interstate 5. After 1630 the traffic is worse but only until you get past the Thorne Lane exit (123). That’s a four mile stretch and usually adds less than 15 minutes to the usual commute. Unpleasant? Yes, but not unavoidable. If you are heading for Tacoma from DuPont I suggest taking the back way through Steilicoom and enjoy the lack of traffic and lights. If you are heading toward Olympia, take the Center street exit, one exit from the Dupont gate (119) and do the same.

    Or… you can whine.

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