Re: "Officials have plan but no funds for I-5" (TNT, 1-14).
A significant issue which was overlooked in the article about chronic Interstate 5 traffic congestion in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area is the absence of any connecting link (other than I-5 itself) between Lakewood and Tillicum.
A new frontage road between the Gravelly Lake and Thorn Lane exits should be an important part of the long-range I-5 rebuilding plan. In the meantime, and at only modest expense, a simple, fence-separated bicycle and pedestrian path could be built alongside the noise-reduction walls south of the freeway.
This would allow well-separated and safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians in this area, encourage JBLM bike commuting, and be a step in the right direction to better unite Tillicum with Lakewood proper.