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Thank you to all that attended the SR 509 Open House on December 17, 2015. Materials are now available in the project library.
Over the next few months, project staff will re-engage project stakeholders, perform a practical solutions review process, and do a re-evaluation of our previously completed environmental document.
What is the Puget Sound Gateway Program?
The Puget Sound Gateway Program is comprised of two unique projects, SR 509 and SR 167, which together make major improvements to relieve traffic congestion and improve freight mobility. The Gateway Program is the key to enhancing the state’s economic competitiveness, both nationally and globally, by connecting the state’s largest ports to key distribution centers in King and Pierce counties and to eastern Washington.
The benefits of the completing the SR 509 and SR 167 projects include:
- Relieving traffic congestion and completing critical freight links between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma and key distribution centers, warehouses, and industrial areas in King and Pierce counties.
- Supporting regional job growth and economic growth at the state’s two largest ports.
- Improving regional mobility and relieving congestion on local roads and highways by providing new, more efficient travel options.
- Supporting master land use plans and economic development plans developed by cities in the Gateway corridors.
What has changed?
Previously, this project included changes to I-5. Changes to I-5 are no longer being considered as part of this project.
WSDOT is undertaking a Practical Solutions Process for both the SR 509 and SR 167 projects. This process allows us to take a fresh look at the previous project plans and ensure we are designing to actual demand and needs. Part of the Practical Solutions Process includes reengaging stakeholders in both of these corridors to review design and potential changes. We anticipate having these review sessions completed in the second quarter of 2016 so we may move forward with design.
How can I get more information?
SR 167 Project Manager
SR 509 Project Manager
The Washington State Department of Transportation is a public agency and is subject to the State of Washington’s Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). Therefore, public comments and questions may be made available to anyone requesting them for non-commercial purposes.