Survey seeks information from 410 travelers

Here’s your chance to tell the Department of Transportation how you think traffic can be improved on the highway.

Frustrated by traffic tie-ups on state Route 410? Tired of your commute between Enumclaw and Bonney Lake taking 30 minutes in the morning but an hour in the afternoon?

Well, the Washington State Department of Transportation is ready to take your feedback. The department is encouraging the public to participate in an online survey to identify ways to reduce congestion on SR 410 between 234th Ave. E. in Bonney Lake and Garrett Street in Enumclaw (near QFC and others).

Those wishing to participate should act fast. The survey went live last week and will be available only until 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, July 22.

“The information we receive from this survey will help us identify potential strategies for reducing congestion along the corridor,” said WSDOT Planning Manager Dennis Engel. “We encourage people to give us their thoughts.”

The survey includes questions about 410’s No. 1 choke-point – the White River Bridge – as well as potential improvements for travelers who ride bicycles or walk.

The survey asks “big picture” questions like top priorities for travelers. Is it reducing congestion or adding safety features? Is it all about motor vehicles or should the DOT be looking more at bicycle and pedestrian issues? The survey provides opportunities for individual thoughts and suggestions.

Other, more specific questions, seek information like:

• how often do you travel on SR 410 between Bonney Lake and Enumclaw?

• why do you use 410 (business, shopping, medical appointments, etc.)?

• do you schedule 410 trips to avoid times of peak congestion?

• do you use an alternate route to avoid 410 (and which road)?

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