The gung ho mandate by some local politicians and union officials toward extending state Route 167 to the Port of Tacoma is worrisome. The mantra of “jobs jobs jobs” is unfounded. It is quite probable this area would lose jobs due to additional gridlock on SR 167.
We have a great example of what we will actually get in the future if local pols get their way. Ironically, Tacoma is competing with the Port of Long Beach for business.
Here is my suggestion. Buy a plane ticket to Los Angeles or Long Beach and drive Interstate 710, the “Long Beach Freeway.” It is what SR 167 desires to be. To be exact, it’s six lanes north and six lanes south of gridlocked semis going to and from the port around the clock. It is the most dangerous freeway in California, which is saying something.
As far as quality of life, what about the communities along the highway? You have Compton, Watts, Downey and Commerce – concrete warehouse jungles with decrepit residential locales. This is what Puyallup, Auburn and Sumner aspire to be?
Go check it out. It’s there for all to see. To add to the insanity, more jobs would leave Puget Sound going to places like South Carolina due to infrastructure quagmire.
It’s not often we are fortunate to actually see into the future. This is one of those rare opportunities. Paying extra gas taxes to fund this mistake would be even more tragic.