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WSDOT Update on the Yelm Bypass construction

SR 510 – Yelm Loop Location Map.
Photo credit: WSDOT

– Editor’s note:
While City of Yelm officials have provided very ambitious dates for this project by announcing construction beginning in 2019 and being completed within 2 years, the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) official timeline is published below, which shows constructon beginning in 2020 (tentatively) and completed in 2022.

SR 510 – Yelm Loop – New Alignment Phase 2
Project news
“The original timeline for this project had construction beginning in summer 2022. The project has been accelerated with the goal of starting construction in 2020. The accelerated timeline is due to unanticipated available funding combined with extensive preliminary work, such as environmental studies and preliminary design, conducted during the first phase of the project. In the first phase, WSDOT also purchased most of the right of way needed for this new portion of state highway.

Next steps: WSDOT is undertaking a Practical Solutions process to move forward on this project. WSDOT will re-engage stakeholders and take a fresh look at previous project plans.”

The End Result
“In this project, crews will build the 3 remaining miles of SR 510 between Cullens Road and 170th Street Southeast. The new connection, like the previously built Phase 1, is proposed to be a two-lane highway with bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Project Benefits
* Improving regional mobility on local roads and highways by providing a more efficient travel option.
* Relieving traffic congestion and completing critical freight links.
* The completed highway will allow traffic to move more efficiently between Thurston and Pierce counties.

What is the project timeline?
Spring 2018 – Stakeholder involvement
Spring 2018 – Design work
Summer 2018/Early 2020 – Environmental reevaluation
Summer 2020 (tentative) – Construction begins
Fall 2022 – Completed

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Posted by Steve on June 12, 2018 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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  1. I heard there was another meeting discussing this project on/about Sep 30 2018. Is this true and was there any updates?

    Comment by Joe Sheffield on October 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

  2. I know of no other public meeting in Yelm on this project on Friday, Sept. 28th. Doesn’t mean there was not one, though.

    Comment by Steve on October 15, 2018 at 9:51 pm

  3. Will you be talking to homeowners near the new intersection at Rhoton Road? Are there detailed design plans for this intersection ready to look at?

    Comment by Christopher Curtis on May 5, 2020 at 3:04 pm

  4. No, I will not. Will you? The Yelm Loop status has been updated several times since this mid-2018 post on which you are commenting, so check-out design status here: https://yelmcommunity.org/?s=loop . With steep reductions in state revenues projected thru 2023, I am certain all projects that can be postponed to conserve cash will now be considered, including the bypass, as municipality, county and state governments face an economic tsunami of historical and unprecedented proportions.

    Comment by Steve on May 5, 2020 at 5:57 pm

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