Letters to the Editor

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Tag: SR 167

March
27th

TRANSPORTATION: Building more roads isn’t the answer

Re: “Region must come together on transportation package” (Viewpoint, 3-27).

Fife Mayor Tim Curtis writes in favor of the $1.8 billion Puget Sound Gateway Project (the state Route 167 and 509 connections to Interstate 5).

Curtis states that traffic along these routes wastes commuters’ time and causes increased air pollution. However, air pollution is not caused by traffic, but by cars. If we want to limit air pollution and address climate change, we should invest in alternative modes of transportation rather than widening freeways to attract more cars.

Further, the project will barely affect traffic. In fact, Owen Pickford from The Urbanist

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Feb.
20th

GAS TAX: Increase isn’t the answer

Re: “Road-and-transit deal deserves bipartisan support” (editorial, 2-18).

You celebrate a proposed 11.7 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax as a victory for the taxpayers of Washington, the home of the most regressive tax system in the country.

Our current gas tax is 55.9 cents per gallon, which as of January is seventh highest in the nation. An 11.7 cent increase would ratchet us up to third highest; 18.4 cents goes to the federal government, leaving 37.5 cents for Washington.

An 11.7 cent hike would be a staggering 31.2 percent increase. If, as you state, this increase would raise $15 billion,

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July
10th

SR 167: We should look before we leap

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

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July
9th

SR 167: New coalition must move state forward

The legislative session adjourned again without a comprehensive transportation funding plan. The bipartisan SR 167 Completion Coalition that included the Port of Tacoma, businesses of the port, labor and civic leaders from across the state built a strong case but did not convince the Legislature.

We cannot falter now. We must still fight for a transportation package, and we learned this session that we cannot do it alone.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle, which are among the largest collection of port facilities in the nation, must continue to follow through on a Port to Port initiative. The business community

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June
10th

SR 167: A better idea would be to expand SR 18

I have heard the arguments on why state Route 167 should be completed from the Port of Tacoma to Interstate 5. I don’t buy any of the arguments.

I believe those who support the completion have a money gain of some sort. I also believe they have never had to commute on SR 167 each day. What we really need to do is add the third lane on state Route 18 between I-5 and SR 167. It would cost a lot less then building a new stretch of highway. If we can’t afford to take care of the roads we

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June
3rd

SR 167: Is road project a boon or boondoggle?

Every time another piece on state Route 167 appears, written by or quoting our politicians, it’s clear that business has been lobbying hard for completion of the freeway link into Port of Tacoma. Benefit to the people is said to be somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 jobs, depending on which publication is on the bottom of the birdcage at the moment. There has been no critical vetting of these numbers, and I challenge the parties involved to put up some data.

The formerly rich agricultural environment of the Kent-Auburn valley has already been saturated with warehouses, and the businesses are

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Jan.
31st

PROJECTS: Where’s the money to come from?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about business wanting the state Route 167 and 509 extensions and the billions they are going to cost. Others want a cross-base highway and to tax us to prevent flooding from damaging Interstate 5.

Has anybody but me noticed that building permits have been given to build warehouses, stores, condos, apartments, houses, car and mobile home dealerships in the flood plain between Interstate 5 and the Puyallup River? In fact they are at a lower level than the highway. If it is safe enough for them, I-5 cannot be in danger.

Now

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Jan.
23rd

ROADS: Cross-base highway is also badly needed

Re: “167 extension to Port of Tacoma back on table” (TNT, 1-22).

Although finishing state routes 167 and 509 are badly needed, somebody left out the cross-base highway in the equation.

Here is a road that’s been talked about for around 40 years; anybody who drives and commutes in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area will tell you it is badly needed.

If the state is going to spend a bunch of dough, get enough to finish that road also, because it to is a missing link. These roads are not getting any cheaper, and every year the state drags

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