Remember the train accident in January that close I-5 near the Nisqually River? Remember the traffic that followed through Roy, Spanaway and Parkland? There is no doubt, SR-7 through Spanaway and Parkland is an alternate route to the I-5 freeway.
With that in mind, consider making Pacific Avenue only one lane each direction. The is precisely what Pierce Transit is considering in its Rapid Transit Plan. The other lane would be dedicated to bus service.
Yes, Pierce Transit may actually think the only place we travel from this community is into Tacoma and back. Sadly, that could not be farther from the truth. We actually go everywhere, north, south, east and west to visit friends and family, play attend school, shop and work. If they shut off a lane on this very busy arterial, you know the neighborhoods are going to be backed up with cars. Just who do they think are going to ride those buses that only go to Tacoma?
It seems it was only a few short years ago we were riding horses around Spanaway. Now they are building houses as if they are trying to create mid-town Manhattan, (a clear violation of the Growth Management Act) and send our community to rapid transit and overgrowth. Why? Because we are a less expensive alternative to Seattle real estate prices.
Here is the link to the proposal. Please look and comment and call your representatives at all levels about the changes to our community. Who is in charge here anyway? Is this a quality of life you want?
Here is the link to the letter from Pierce Transit. As we understand it at this time, WSDOT, who controls jurisdiction on the highway, has not been consulted either.
Tuesday, March 27, 4 to 7 p.m.
Spanaway Middle School Cafeteria/Commons, 15701 B St. E., Tacoma
Wednesday, March 28, 4 to 7 p.m.
Garfield Book Company Community Room, 208 Garfield St. S. #101, Tacoma
Thursday, March 29, 4 to 7 p.m.
UW Tacoma William W. Phillip Hall
Jane Thompson Russell Student Commons, Room WPH 101A, 1918 Pacific Ave., Tacoma