SR 162 Study

SR 162 Sumner to Orting Corridor Planning Study

In June 2017, WSDOT completed the SR 162 Sumner to Orting Corridor Congestion Planning Study. With the completion of the study report, the strategies identified will assist WSDOT and others to make decisions on improving highway efficiencies and reducing congestion on SR 162.

The Study Report is now available for viewing on our study library page.

Corridor Study Purpose

State Route 162 is an important north-south link for the Orting community and the surrounding area of southeast Pierce County. The purpose of the study is to identify ranked strategies that increase mobility by reducing delay for travelers using the highway corridor while maintaining or improving safe operation of the highway.

The End Result

The study report produced ranked strategies addressing the corridor needs for the 20-year vision. The report will guide WSDOT moving forward in identifying future solutions, and advance potential solutions into the design, right-of-way and construction phases.

WSDOT will work with stakeholders and partners to implement low-cost strategies such as Transportation Demand Management which includes vanpools and carpools in the short-term. WSDOT will continue to work with interested partners on the strategies considered pertinent and viable over the short-, mid- and long-term operation of the highway corridor.

Funding the Study

The study was funded through the 2015 Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program (LEAP) as part of the Connecting Washington Projects package.


2016 Spring

  • Stakeholder communication
  • Community engagement
  • Data collection & analysis

2016 Summer

  • Travel demand model development
  • Refine options with stakeholder concurrence

2016 Fall

  • Finalize strategies
  • Community engagement information session
  • Concurrence

2017 Spring

  • Study report completed
  • Publish report


Dennis Engel, Planning Manager

T.J. Nedrow, Study Lead

Claudia Bingham Baker, Communications Manager