The following is a news release from Pierce County:
Motorists will no longer be able to turn onto Prairie Ridge Drive East from South Prairie Road East starting June 11.
Motorists will instead enter Prairie Ridge Drive East from 120th Street East. Motorists will still be able to turn onto South Prairie Road East from Prairie Ridge Drive East.
A map showing the traffic change is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/maintenance.
Prairie Ridge Drive East is used to access several facilities, including the Prairie Ridge Transfer Station. Pierce County contracts with LRI Services to operate the transfer station, which is located on a Pierce County-owned parcel. The road is also used to access a Pierce County road maintenance facility, a stockpile area for Pierce County road materials, and a City of Bonney Lake potable water facility.
“Pierce County uses Prairie Ridge Drive East to provide a number of services, and the traffic and road configuration has created issues with traffic flow,” said Dennis Hanberg, Pierce County Planning and Public Works director. “This change is expected to improve traffic flow in the area.”
Currently, vehicles accessing the transfer station’s weigh station line up along Prairie Ridge Drive East and South Prairie Road East during busy periods. This revision is expected to prevent these line ups along South Prairie Road East.
Pierce County performed turning counts and reviewed traffic volumes at the intersections of Prairie Ridge Drive East and South Prairie Road East, Prairie Ridge Drive East and 120th Street East, and South Prairie Road East and 120th Street East when evaluating options to improve traffic flow and access to the facilities.
For information, visit www.piercecountywa.gov/maintenance.