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Military doing a good job – of alienating neighbors

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Do the Washington National Guard folks at Camp Murray really want to pick a fight with their closest neighbors – the people who live in Lakewood’s Tillicum community?

That probably wasn’t their intention when they made public their plans to move Camp Murray’s main gate. But it sure has been the result; the plan has Tillicum residents up in arms.

The reason: According to a draft environmental assessment released Friday, moving the gate from its current location near the Berkeley Street Southwest/Interstate 5 interchange will mean 63 percent higher traffic volumes on Tillicum’s residential Portland Avenue Southwest. If the gate is moved, drivers will take the Thorne Lane exit and go through Tillicum to reach Camp Murray.

Residents are understandably worried that the higher traffic volumes will have negative impacts on their quality of life, their children’s safety and their property values – at a time when they were starting to look forward to the improvements a new sewer system and master plan promised to bring. Read more »