Council Adopts Updated Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan
Yelm, WA — City Council last Tuesday, approved the updated six-year Transportation Improvement Plan that will include many street and sidewalk improvement projects to increase pedestrian safety and reduce traffic in Yelm.
This year, the City has already completed the Fort Stevens Sidewalk project, eliminated more than 400 trip hazards on existing sidewalks throughout the City, and adopted the downtown corridor plan. In the updated plan, we look forward to the completion of the Bypass, extending Mossman Avenue through to Longmire, and adding multiple sidewalks to make our City more walkable.
According to the downtown corridor study conducted by SCJ Alliance, The Yelm Bypass, formally known as the Yelm Loop will reduce the amount of regional and truck traffic through town, while “miniloops, including extending Mossman to Longmire Street will further reduce traffic by offering route alternatives both north and south of Yelm Avenue. With the additional traffic flow on Longmire with the extension of Mossman, the transportation plan includes a street light at Longmire and Yelm Avenue.
Along with street improvements, the transportation Improvement Plan accounts for many pedestrian improvements, including the addition of sidewalks on Mill Road connecting dozens of residential houses to Mill Pond Elementary and Ridgeline Middle School, and 2nd Street sidewalk improvements to better connect the City parks and services. The plan also includes the connection of the Yelm-Tenino Trail to the Rail Trail which will connect to Roy.
We look forward to improving traffic flow, enhancing pedestrian safety and enhancing downtown vitality by better connecting residents to services. This plan will act as a guiding document in prioritizing projects for the betterment of Yelm.
A high resolution image of the map can be viewed here.