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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I-405 traffic: Ideas for fixes

The question “why is it so bad?” is easy to answer but hard to fix [“I-405 misery: 2 megaprojects could tackle chronic delays,” Local News, Dec. 21].

Politics: The problem with this state is its division of need. Eastern Washington could not, wrongfully, care less about Western Washington’s needs. The intrastate commerce is at stake. To fix the problem is more political than need be. Today political parties are divided by inept ideological politics. That said, however, even the major cities of Eastern Washington are seeing traffic problems.

Transportation: As the population grows, so does the need for a better transportation option. Mass transit, jobs near housing and better road design are needed. These are not possible without jobs and the citizen cooperation. Interstate 405 needs less traffic, more lanes, better access and parallel mass transit to survive. Since day one, I-405 has been a work in process instead of a work in progress. Always too late to fix the transportation needs for the future.

Causes of traffic: There are simple reasons, such as too many cars for the road design, jobs too far away from housing and growth in general. The first fix that comes to mind is mass transit in places that needs mass transit. Second is the merging lanes at intersections need to be through lanes when possible. The third is the citizens’ problem of driving near the posted speed limits. Too slow or too fast both cause backups.

Jim Morris, Renton

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