Traffic revision coming to Prairie Ridge Drive East June 11

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.

Prairie Ridge Drive East Traffic Revision Map

Prairie Ridge Drive East Traffic Revision Map

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2 Responses to Traffic revision coming to Prairie Ridge Drive East June 11

  1. Todd Rowe says:

    So, I assume Prairie Ridge Dr E is going to become a double lane, One Way out only, correct? Cause with no traffic allowed in that way, it might as well become One Way. I see way you are doing this, to keep traffic from backing up on South Prairie Rd E, but now the only way to get to the Medical Building is from Hwy. 410 and thru the Costco parking lot. That seems wrong.

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