A project that would provide a second connection from Orting and SR 162 to Tehaleh and Bonney Lake is in the works by Tehaleh developer Newland Communities and KPFF, a design engineering consultant, in collaboration with Pierce County. The new connection is required for future phases of the Tehaleh development.
The project – which would include a new road between SR 162 and the Tehaleh development as well as extend another road to the current end of Falling Water Boulevard East – would provide motorists with an alternative to Rhodes Lake Road East.
Rhodes Lake Road East 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 Bonney Lake Plateau.
This new roadway was formally established by the Pierce County Council in Ordinance 2008-28s in June 2008.
128th Street East Segment (CRP 5842): 128th Street East from SR 162 to the Puyallup River would be widened to two lanes in each direction with a two-way left turn lane from SR 162 to the bridge.
Puyallup River Bridge (BR#7195-A) Segment (CRP 5843): A new bridge with two westbound lanes would be built
over the Puyallup River. The bridge would be parallel to the existing bridge, which would offer two eastbound lanes.
Tehaleh Boulevard Segment (CRP 5731): A new four-lane road with two lanes in each direction (and an uphill truck climbing lane) would be built from the bridge to a new intersection with the extension of Falling Water Boulevard East.
Falling Water Boulevard Extension Segment (CRP 5841): A new two-lane road with one lane in each direction would be built from the new intersection to the current end of Falling Water Boulevard East.
The bridge segment and the two new road segments are in preliminary engineering. Right-of-way needs are also being identified, with plans expected to be complete within the next year.
A project to install a new roundabout at the SR 162 and 128th Street East intersection, to mitigate traffic impacts on SR 162 from the Tehaleh development, is going through the Washington State Department of Transportation process for review.
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). View documentation from the Corridor Study