Monday, December 05, 2011

SR 167: Still Unfinished Over 30 Years Later

The News Tribune had an in depth article discussing the long history of the SR 167 stub in Puyallup.  For over 30 years, Pierce County residents and businesses have waited for a quality connection from the Port of Tacoma, Fife and Puyallup to Sumner, Auburn, east King County, and eastern Washington.

As the Port of Tacoma's Sean Eagan told the reporter, "It's a project that makes sense.  It helps complete our regional road network.  It should help us create and keep jobs.  And that's what's most important these days."

The chamber recognizes the importance of this connection to both the local and regional economy.  The chamber has supported this project through RAMP and other advocacy opportunities.  Recently, Tom Pierson, Chamber President and CEO, was appointed to the SR 167 Tolling Stakeholder Committee that is working with DOT staff to develop a proposal for the state legislature.

In addition, as the Chamber prepares its legislative agenda for 2012, it will continue to advocate for the completion of this critical piece of infrastructure.  Time and again, we have heard from business and industry that this road is critical to keeping south Puget Sound competitive over the next 30 years.  If you have additional thoughts on how the completion of SR 167 will help your business, employees or customers, please let us know.

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