Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that he has requested funding to improve State Route 167.

“State Route 167 is one of the most congested roads in the Puget Sound region, resulting in serious traffic delays for individuals and businesses,” Smith said. “It’s critically important to the economic growth of South King and Pierce counties that we improve this route.”

The requested funds will be used to accelerate the project by advancing design during the EIS on elements that are common to all alternatives. Improvements on SR 167 will provide significant travel-time savings for commuters and freight haulers in the corridor.  Currently SR 167 experiences six hours of congestion a day.  Without improvements, this could double by 2030.  SR 167 is a major freight corridor to the largest freight distribution center in the region providing a connection between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma.  The corridor also has significant number of large manufacturing employers, including Boeing.

This new east-west link would parallel I-405 and improve access to one of the state's largest warehouse districts.  East-west links are infrequent, which forces trucks to take circuitous, time-consuming routes.  The increased travel efficiency this route provides reduces freight costs and brings goods to market sooner.

Smith requested funding through the 2005 Transportation, Treasury and Independent Organizations Appropriations bill. It is expected that this bill will be finalized before Congress adjourns this year.