Commuters and truckers already know: The stretch of Interstate 5 alongside Joint Base Lewis McChord is a nightmare. Between large businesses moving in, JBLM and Camp Murray expanding and the continued development of Lakewood, DuPont and Steilacoom, congestion has become an everyday occurrence.

That's why the Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting. Next week, on May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center (4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest), citizens will be able to learn about and voice their opinion on several ideas to improve the corridor.

Possible improvements that will be discussed include:

  • Build HOV lanes in both directions of I-5 between Lakewood and DuPont
  • Revise and/or relocate three I-5 interchanges, including DuPont-Steilacoom Road (Exit 119), Berkeley Street Southwest (Exit 122) and North Thorne Lane Southwest (Exit 123)
  • Build a local connector road between Gravelly Lake Drive and Thorne Lane
  • Build a shared-use path along the I-5 corridor
  • For more information, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/JBLMImprovements/FuturePlans.htm