Sen. Steve O’Ban and six other Pierce County senators sent a letter Monday to Gov. Inslee and House and Senate Transportation Committee chairs urging full funding for the Interstate 5/Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor.
Lawmakers cited the economic impact of JBLM to the region and the vital role the interstate plays in moving goods and people throughout the state as just a few of many reasons to fully fund congestion relief projects along the corridor.
“Now is the time to act on addressing the congestion problems along the I-5 corridor through JBLM,” O’Ban said. “We pass a transportation package about every decade and the numbers are moving in the right direction. By increasing the Senate’s proposal in 2014 by $100 million we will provide needed relief for the people in the region and support economic growth throughout the state.”
Washington State Department of Transportation recently completed a study that suggests the congestion relief projects could be completed by 2020 at an estimated cost of $450 million. The delegation indicated their joint support for completion of State Route 167 and tied the economic necessity of that project to addressing congestion through JBLM.