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More than 1,100 vehicles use new Mounts Road gate

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm with 6 Comments »
October 4, 2010 3:21 pm

More than 1,100 vehicles used the new Mounts Road gate to get onto Joint Base Lewis-McChord this morning, the base reported.

The gate was opened today in an effort to ease traffic congestion in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 from Thurston County into Pierce County.

The gate is open from 5 to 8 a.m. on weekday mornings to authorized personnel headed onto the base. Drivers must have Department of Defense identification and a JBLM registration decals on their vehicles.

Here are a few other points from Lewis-McChord about the new gate:

*  The gate is intended for drivers travelling northeast on Nisqually Road/Mounts Road.

*  The new gate is not intended as an alternate access point for drivers already on I-5. Drivers already on I-5 should plan to use one of the existing JBLM gates along the interstate.

*  Gate can only be accessed by a right-hand turn from Nisqually Road.

*  Drivers SHOULD NOT use exit 116 to access the new gate. Left turns into the gate will not be permitted.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. traknut says:

    Beware of WSDOT taking credit for reduced traffic in the next month. The 4/2 Stryker Brigage goes on block leave (group vacation) for a month beginning this weekend. That results in several thousand “trip reductions” a day, but is only temporary.

  2. tbeemer says:

    So what about the afternoon traffic?

  3. guidocarmasi says:

    this traffic snafu is paralyzing the state of washinton.

  4. griekena says:

    My favorite was KOMO4 saying that motorists “owe a debt of gratitude to JBLM for fixing this problem.” Seriously, JBLM caused this traffic nightmare!

    Afternoon commute- who cares, right? As long as the troops can make it to work on time in the morning JBLM’s job is done. Who cares if any of them (or the civilians) can get home to their families in the evening.

    Ahhh, living (and commuting) the dream!

  5. I had to laugh at Traknut. What he really means is, “Beware, JBLM will temporarily correct the problem it caused when a brigade goes on vacation. But don’t worry, the fix is only good for four weeks, then it is back to five mile backups.”

  6. DAKOTANATIVE says:

    Yes JBLM did cause the traffic problems. That and the tens of thousands of jobs in the area. I guess if you don’t have a job or money, you can’t drive on the road even if it is empty.

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