Submitted by Thurston Regional Planning Council
Working with Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and local partners, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is studying transportation system performance on I-5 through the Thurston Region (State Route 121/93rd Avenue SE/Tilley Road Interchange in Tumwater to Mounts Road just east of the Nisqually River). This major freight and commuter corridor travels through Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey serving the entire Thurston Region. People who use this section of I-5 experience congestion, recurring delay, and unreliable travel times. Multiple factors contribute to these issues such as traffic volumes and merging at interchanges. WSDOT’s goal is to recommend a set of performance-based strategies to achieve the following outcomes in the study area over the next 20 years:
- Improve travel times and make them more predictable
- Increase the ability of I-5 to efficiently and equitably move people and goods
- Improve access to industrial and commercial areas and job sites
- Protect and enhance the environment including reducing the transportation-related impact on wildlife habitat in the Nisqually River delta
- Improve the transportation system’s ability to operate during and recover from disruptions such as traffic incidents
Over 3,000 people responded to a fall 2018 survey, but we didn’t capture all the diverse voices in the Region. Please take the survey by March 31, and let YOUR voice be heard.
Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C7N6K5V
For a paper survey or translation, please contact Thurston Regional Planning Council: firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.956.7575.
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