The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, with the support of WSDOT and the City of Auburn, hosted two public open houses in early February to display project concepts and collect community feedback. If you were unable to attend the meetings or would like to learn more about the project concepts, please provide your feedback by March 1 by visiting https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr164/east-auburn/home.
Background on the SR 164 East Auburn Access Improvement Project: State Route 164 (Auburn Way S) provides primary access to the growing areas of east Auburn, and the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation, as well as Enumclaw and recreational areas to the southeast. The purpose of the project is to develop an affordable, long-term solution that improves congestion, increases safety, and accommodates growth.
See the project options and give your feedback here: SR164 East Auburn Access Improvement Project Concepts
Needs & benefits
The purpose of the project is to develop a cost-effective, long-term solution that improves congestion, increases safety, and accommodates growth.
- Improves congestion: Reduces travel time, decreases queuing that blocks driveways and intersections, and improves reliability for emergency response for the section of SR 164 between SR 18 in Auburn and Dogwood Street Southeast on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. This segment has recurring congestion and traffic backups that extend through intersections. It will also help move people and goods more smoothly through the corridor.
- Improves safety: Reducing congestion reduces the potential for collisions. The project will also look at options to improve safety for cars, trucks, buses, bikes and people of all abilities.
- Accommodates growth: Allows for current and future land use in the urban growth areas of King County, Auburn, Enumclaw, and the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation.
SR 164/Auburn Way South provides primary access to the growing areas of east Auburn, and the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation, as well as Enumclaw and recreational areas to the southeast.
- July 17, 2018 – Open house at Muckleshoot Elders Complex.
- July 24, 2018 – Open house at Auburn Community and Events Center.
- Summer 2018: Project will evaluate potential solutions.
- Fall 2018: Identify a preferred solution and environmental review strategy.
- Fall 2018 through spring 2019: Project will evaluate potential solutions.
- Winter 2019: Open house meetings with the public to review initial concepts.
- Summer 2019: Identify preferred solutions and environmental review strategy.
This project received $15 million from the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package.
The above is information provided by WSDOT. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.