| Main |


Has the recent opening on the Yelm Bypass already created unintended consequences?

Two things have been very apparent:

1. Any morning & evening commuter is now aware that the traffic using Stevens St, Coates Rd & Cullen to access the Bypass has now mushroomed. Last Friday as an example, the wait at Stevens to cross 1st Ave. was over a block long & I have noticed this is the case each morning & evening, especially when the Schools are in-session.
People are using the “Inner Loop” and Cullen though neighborhood & residential streets in large numbers. I have witnessed few using the wider Killion, since the access between Killion & the Inner loop is through a development.
This writer wrote many times about the high numbers of vehicles that would use Cullen & warned the city & county about this, so that this issue became very prominent on Yelm’s 6-year Transportation Plan.

2. I heard last week a multi-national “chain store” on Yelm Avenue East say that vehicle counts now on that road are much less than normal & less than expected. What was mentioned is that due to the desire to get-around Yelm’s notorious traffic bottleneck, the volumes once experienced on that section of road have diminished and not passing by their commercial businesses to/from work. And, as people use the Inner Loop to bypass the commercial core, they tend to not to come onto Yelm Ave to shop from/to their homes.

3. Will we see businesses now buy land out on the Loop, as has happened wherever a bypass is located?


Stay tuned.

Posted by Steve on December 8, 2010 at 6:36 am | Permalink

Post a comment

No comments yet. You should be kind and add one!

The comments are closed.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.



Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com