Transportation improvement projects provide long-term economic benefit by improving freight mobility, reducing commute times, and enhancing connectivity for adjacent communities. They can also create impacts to businesses that depend on local and highway traffic by causing disruption during construction and/or changing traffic patterns.
Reconfiguration of the Exit 119 interchange would result in slightly longer travel distance to DuPont from I-5 and JBLM and reduced traffic volumes near the existing interchange. This may result in a decrease in activity for some businesses, but the impact would be partially offset due to the lack of similar, competing businesses along I-5 in the immediate vicinity. During ramp construction, traffic management plans would be implemented to maintain access to local businesses and minimize construction-related impacts.
The bridge over the rail line and improved mobility associated with the new Exit 119 interchange would enhance access into and out of DuPont and JBLM. Most business owners interviewed as part of the economic analysis anticipated improved capacity, safety, and connectivity would have positive impacts to DuPont area businesses.
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To read more about the study approach, existing conditions, and effects on economics, please see Section 3.17 of the Supplemental Environmental Assessment.