Plans for the Cross Base Highway (SR 704) were discussed Tuesday morning at the Lakewood Chamber‘s Military Affairs Committee meeting at Burs restaurant.
Assistant Project Engineer John Ho explained that the first phase of the project, improvements to the Spanaway Loop & Pacific Avenue intersection & are expected to get underway early next year with the job going out for bids later in 2007.
Ho explained that the planning is being done in phases and completion of the entire job won’t occur until approximately 2017 or later. Included will be a new Thorne Lane access to the freeway and SR704, a southbound frontage road from Gravelly Lake Drive to Thorne Lane and initial construction of a 4-lane, limited access highway. The road, when completed will provide ease of east-west movement from I-5 to Pacific Ave (State Highway 7) in Spanaway and the industrial area.
The Department of Defense is included in the highway discussions and has no objections to the road going between Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. It is being designed to ease access to a new commercial access gate as well as a private vehicle entry into McChord that have already been built and opened by the military.
The road loops south of the McChord boundary a distance adequate to allow McChord to extend its runway 5,000 feet in the future.
Although complete funding is not in place for the estimated $318 million project, the state has allocated approximately $43 million for the work. Part of the land necessary for the new road has been pledged by the Department of Defense, thus helping keep the ultimate cost in line with current estimates. Some land has already been acquired or is in the negotiation stage.
Complete information about the project is available on the Washington DOT website.