The new I-405. That was the graffiti on the overpass describing the congested Interstate 5 corridor around Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Yes, it is a mess and getting worse, but nothing happens but talk and half-measures. Legislators have ideas for improvement but no money, so they are thinking of raising the gas tax by 12 cents.
The last gas tax increase in 2005 was supposed to be the end all and be all for better roads. What happened?
What about the half-measure of spending two years and millions to put metering lights at on-ramps and computerized signs that tell you how long the wait will be to get through the JBLM corridor?
The time and effort to put in the “smoke and mirror” fix will now back up traffic for hours at JBLM but will not help I-5 much. That money could have funded much of the new lanes (not HOV) we need on the four-mile stretch of I-5.
I travel in other states with lower gas prices, and they have beautiful interstate highways around larger cities. Maybe they don’t have to spend time and money on cap-and-trade and saving the planet.