This letter references the recent front page article in The Olympian titled: “Tumwater has a roundabout plan to fix bad intersection.” From the information in the article, it appears the City of Tumwater is on the right track to improve traffic congestion.
When confronted with challenges like finding the best traffic congestion solution(s) on Capital Boulevard, I have learned there may be hidden benefits waiting to be discovered when you “think out of the box.” You keep an open mind and think beyond traditional ways of solving complex problems, such as this one, and you just might come up with the best solution.
Did you know for years the Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has planned on relocating their facility to another site? I don’t know the current status, but I believe they still own the property of the new site. Now, you need to think “out of the box.” Suppose WSDOT relocates and Tumwater develops a grand business park, similar to Southgate? Key businesses most affected by this improvement are moved to the new business park.
If this idea should pencil out, realistically the project will obviously be delayed. However, a way to achieve some congestion relief and still stay within Mr. Eaton’s construction schedule in 2020 would be to split the project into two phases. First phase focuses on the I-5 connections and the second phase finishes the work on and around Capital Boulevard.
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Is it too late? What do you think Tumwater and WSDOT?