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Tag: Puget Sound Gateway Project

April
17th

Could SR 167 sink in the Columbia River?

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Out of the blue comes a distant political squabble that somehow threatens the most important transportation effort in the state – the Puget Sound Gateway Project.

Gov. Jay Inslee supports the Gateway, which would knit together state Route 167, Interstate 5 and state Route 509, eliminating bottlenecks and creating a bonanza of jobs in the process. The state House of Representatives is prepared to invest more than $1.25 billion in it.

But suddenly everything might hinge on a spat over light rail in Clark County. Read more »

April
13th

A slimmed-down, job-rich Puget Sound Gateway

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

It’s been a while, but both political parties in Washington once understood the connection between highway investment and jobs. This is the time to revive that bipartisan vision, given what the Puget Sound Gateway Project promises to do for payrolls both west and east of the
mountains.

The Gateway would extend state Route 167 from Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma; it would also extend state Route 509 south from Sea-Tac Airport to Interstate 5.

It would build highway interchanges, connect SR 167 with SR 509, multiply the connections with Interstate 5 and produce a seamless highway corridor through the Kent Valley to the South Sound, then north again to the economic engines of King County.

The result: congestion relief throughout the region and speedier shipping from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.

The cost – roughly $1.8 billion – sounds steep. But the SR 167 segment alone would create an estimated 80,000 permanent jobs, many of them high-paying. The SR 509 segment, when complete, would produce a corresponding windfall of employment.
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