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State’s I-90 / SR-18 interchange has been dangerous for quite some time and is
becoming increasingly dangerous due to increased Ports of Seattle and Tacoma
commerce, the region’s strong economy, and the increased population moving into
the area. The City of North Bend supports any improvements to the interchange
and SR-18 widening and hopes the State can expedite those much-needed
I fully support the proposed improvements of this interchange and understand
the public safety and lack of mobility caused by traffic congestion,” Mayor Ken
Hearing said. “We know many of our citizens and people who are employed in
North Bend are among those affected.”
the proposed geometry and configuration of the I-90 / SR-18 improvements, the
existing I-90 westbound weigh station at Exit 25 needs to be removed.
Washington State Patrol (WSP) has said they will not agree to close the
existing weigh station without a relocation being secured.
desired location is at mile marker 33.5 located between 436th Avenue SE (Exit
32) and 468th Avenue SE (Exit 34), which is inside the City’s Urban Growth
Area. That location would be larger than any other WA State I-90 weigh station,
consisting of approximately 6 to 8 acres of new concrete and asphalt.
The City does
not support a weigh station at mile marker 33.5 and believes the State should
conduct additional analysis to determine if constructing a new truck weigh
station is truly necessary.
“Our goal is
to make this interchange safer as soon as possible. To this end, I believe that
these two projects need to be separate from each other,” Mayor Hearing said.
“The proposed relocation of the current westbound weigh station is for an
eastbound station. Our concern is that more trucks will use our local roads to
circumvent the station and cause congestion and pavement damage to North Bend
potential weigh station site should be carefully evaluated based on several
factors, including environmental impacts (such as impacts to nearby drinking
water wells); noise and lighting impacts to nearby property owners, costs to
construct a new weigh station, safe access from I-90 and transportation impacts
the State must consider the noise and air pollution implications to school
children playing outside at Camp Waskowitz, a Highline School District campus
located adjacent to the proposed location. The State’s preferred location is
also in close proximity to a drinking well for this school and other wells in a
wellhead protection zone.
For more information about this project, visit: https://i90sr18openhouse.com/?fbclid=IwAR26i-BQxEb7ynvXm3mC2xMyIvfDXk5wW5nvuZZpUi9lPzloM0MVxwSu4YQ.