I-5 JBLM Vicinity Congestion Relief
What should we do about I-5? That’s what the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is asking area residents and businesses.
Over the last year, WSDOT and partners like Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC), Intercity Transit, Lakewood, Pierce County, and others have been looking at a wide range of options for making I-5 travel more reliable and less frustrating, especially when traveling past Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Over 170 options have been considered so far. Ideas range from:
- widening I-5 to add transit / vanpool lanes, or just car lanes
- reconfiguring security gates into and out of the base
- closing some interchanges
- running commuter rail to Thurston County
- and everything in between!
While the focus is primarily in the vicinity of JBLM and Lakewood, the results will directly affect travel for those who live or work in Thurston County and use I-5 to travel through Pierce County.
Tell them what you think – June 11 Open House
On June 11th WSDOT is hosting an open house to begin the public discussion about I-5 options. You are invited to come learn about issues this project must address, options that are being considered, and ways in which those options will be evaluated. Most importantly, it is a chance for you to share your own ideas and concerns. This is a good time to get those ideas on the table – your ideas will be considered alongside all the other options as the State looks for the most cost-effective strategies to improve I-5.
The open house will be at Eagles Pride Golf Course in DuPont (just off Exit 116). A free shuttle will run between Eagles Pride and Intercity Transit’s Lacey Transit Center from 3:45 – 5:40 for those who want to avoid driving this notorious stretch of I-5 during rush hour. A similar shuttle will run between Pierce Transit’s Lakewood Towne Center hub and Eagles Pride for those heading south at that time. Look for “Open House” signs for pick-up and drop-off locations at these two transit centers.
For more information on the I-5 study or to offer comments by email, please see the project website.