Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More on the Triangle Project

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Souce: WSDOT.  Click to go to project page.
Really confused... thought this was supposed to eliminate weaving and swerving.

Seems like the 18W and Weyerhauser Way onramp are into their own lane, but 18W to 5N will require a lane change, as well Weyerhauser to 5S.  (Reminder, no Weyerhauser to 18W or 161 in phase 1.  Current rumor is only a 3-month closure starting Sept. 2011.)

And then 348E to 5N  merges with 18W.

And the scariest part - the 18W to 5S and 161S - you've got the yellow traffic coming up to a stop-light in one lane while traffic in the other lane in moving along at assumedly 30-35 miles per hour.  This just seems like a recipe for trouble.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a WSDOT naysayer, I think they do great work and I enjoy following their projects.  (In general, projects in this state seem to be done really well, whether it's local, transit or state projects.)  But this project just seems a painful solution to an admittedly painful project to begin with.

And doesn't address any of the mess made by large trucks trying to get to the 99.  It's a shame Crossings was built at all.

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