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Letter by Jeffrey Mehl, Lakewood on June 27, 2011 at 10:59 am with 3 Comments »
June 27, 2011 5:19 pm

Re: “Tacoma drivers rejoice over revamped SR 16 interchange” (TNT, 6-27).

Of course on a Sunday afternoon the project seemed a success. I say: “Not so fast with the rejoicing.”

We have all seen the worst traffic days, watched for years as this project has continued. When the second Narrows bridge was completed, it was like pouring rice into a funnel; eventually the choke point moved down to the state Route 16 intersection with Interstate 5.

Now with the completion of the westbound viaduct, the choke point is going to move to the southbound I-5/I-705 interchange just past the Tacoma Dome. Why?

Because during the afternoon rush hour you have a lot of travelers from I-705 weaving into the southbound lanes of I-5 while the southbound I-5 traffic tries to merge into the SR 16 exit.

The proper design would have been to have the SR 16 exit just before the I-705 merge; that way there would not be a weave.

Surely somebody should have seen this coming?


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  1. aislander says:

    Jeffrey Mehl writes: “Surely somebody should have seen this coming?”

    There is, I believe, a not-so-hidden agenda of socially engineering us out of our cars, and any inconvenience built into our system of roads supports this undertone. Don’t believe me? Explain the Seattle Convention Center…

  2. Jeffrey, You are exactly right. Traffic will back up to Portland Avenue and the number of rear-end crashes will increase ten fold. A true recipe for gridlock.

  3. everyone complains about highway design, and it is a problem to a large extent…but lets not forget the braindead, bozos, behaving like 5 year old kids, as they push and shove their way through traffic.

    Prime example…waiting in line on the 705 collector lane merging into the mess at I-5/Hwy16 recently I counted SEVEN (7) vehicles parked HORIZONTALLY in front of me in the merge lanes!! EVERY one of them was trying to jump the solid white line to shove their way into traffic on the Interstate, or from the Interstate to the line up for 16!

    That is ILLEGAL in case no one knows.

    If these stupid impatient clowns would wait until the solid lane ends before shoving their way in, and if others would back off a little to LET people merge, we wouldnt have this zoo full of monkeys screwing up the whole works!

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