Pierce County in conjunction with Newland Communities is completing the design and project-specific environmental documentation of a project to widen 128th Street East from SR-162 to the Puyallup River and to construct a new arterial roadway from the Puyallup River to the current west end of Falling Water Boulevard East. This new roadway was formally established by the Pierce County Council in Ordinance 2008-28s in June 2008.
Is proposed to be widened to two lanes in each direction with a two way left turn lane from SR-162 to the Puyallup River Bridge.
Puyallup River Bridge (BR#7195-A) Segment (CRP 5843)
A new bridge paralleling the existing bridge which will remain in place for east bound traffic. The new bridge will provide 2 west bound lanes.
Tehaleh Boulevard Segment (CRP 5731)
Is proposed to be a new 4 lane roadway (two lanes each direction) from the Puyallup River Bridge to a new intersection with the extension of Falling Water Boulevard.
Falling Water Boulevard Extension Segment (CRP 5841)
Is proposed to be a new two lane roadway (one lane in each direction) from the new intersection to the current end of Falling Water Boulevard.
About the Corridor Study (Completed in 2008)
Rhodes Lake Road Corridor Study
On June 24, 2008, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2008-28s establishing a new arterial corridor from the east limit of 128th Street East to Falling Water Boulevard East. The purpose of the new arterial corridor is to improve east-west mobility in the plateau area south of Bonney Lake and east of the Puyallup River (referred to as the Orting Plateau).
This new corridor would offer a viable alternative to the existing Rhodes Lake Road, which is not designed to accommodate the higher volumes of traffic associated with the new residential and employment growth that is planned to occur on the Orting Plateau.