July 15, 2015: Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a bipartisan transportation investment package that will create an estimated 200,000 jobs and address critical safety, maintenance and congestion needs all across Washington. SSMCP supported the adoption of the transportation package as necessary to preserve the abililty of JBLM to perform its off-base missions while also ensuring the ability of the region's population to travel.
The 16-year, $16 billion “Connecting Washington” package includes:
- $8.8 billion for road and safety projects including megaprojects such as SR 520 bridge, the North Spokane Corridor, SR 167/SR 509 Gateway Project, and $494 million for widening of I-5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
- $1.4 billion for highway maintenance and preservation.
- $1.3 billion for non-highway projects such as bike paths, rail and transit.
- $602 million for ferries including a fourth Olympic Class Ferry Vessel.
- Other investments related to fish barrier removal, bridge preservation, freight rail improvements, electric vehicle and alternative fuel tax credits and commute trip reduction programs.
The package also authorizes Sound Transit to seek voter-approval for $15 billion to extend light rail as far north as Everett and as far south as Tacoma.
In 2013, a joint I-5 corridor planning study was initiated involving WSDOT, JBLM, FHWA and local jurisdictions. The study is evaluating the best way to improve transportation through the JBLM vicinity. The task of the planning study is to define improvements that could relieve congestion on I-5 from Center Drive to Gravelly Lake Drive, with a focus on the interchanges at the Steilacoom-DuPont exit (#119), 41st Division Drive/Main Gate exit (#120), Berkeley Street exit (#122) and the Thorne Lane exit (#123). SSMCP supports and is involved in this effort.
May 5, 2015 I-5 Open House/Environmental Scoping Meeting at McGavick Conference Center, Lakewood, WA
Specifically, the study addresses options to: relieve congestion on I-5, improve system efficiency, enhance mobility, improve safety and operations, and increase transit and alternative commute opportunities.
You can view more detail about the ongoing efforts on the Washington State Department of Transportation Website
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