Parkway is best truck route in city
October 3, 2008 · Updated 12:55 AM
"Large trucks with trailers come through Snoqualmie"? (Letter to the editor Nov. 15) It sounded like a quote from the past. Before Snoqualmie Ridge was even thought of, the state DOT wanted to extend Highway 18 into Snoqualmie to relieve the heavy truck traffic through downtown Snoqualmie and to provide better access to I-90.
When the Ridge was in its planning infancy, a condition of development was to complete this primary access route between I-90 and Snoqualmie. This became Snoqualmie Parkway. The parkway was designed to reduce the traffic burden in historic downtown. Without it, and given the expected growth in the area (not including Snoqualmie Ridge), SR 202 would have to be widened to five lanes, bridges replaced and widened and Exit 27 would need extensive redesign, plus many more alterations to other roads and intersections.
To quote from the comprehensive plan, "The parkway was designed to reduce future traffic along SR 202, helping to maintain the small-town feel in historic Snoqualmie area." Regardless of how nice it looks now, it was the intention of the city of Snoqualmie, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co. and King County to make the parkway a truck route.
Recognizing the safety issues of mixing pedestrians, bicyclists and even horse riders with traffic, the parkway walking paths and trails were separated from the roadway by a wide landscaped strip. No such separation exists in any of the other truck routes, including the roads near three of our existing schools. In addition, the intersections used by the old truck routes are accident prone, near schools and along roadways not capable of taking increased traffic.
Before restricting usage on the parkway, it would be prudent to look at the history, consider the lack of appropriate alternative routes and find out if our noise ordinance is being violated. I value our small-town atmosphere and the quiet it offers and trust that measures to make this place more livable for everyone can be achieved.