Interstate 705 or I -705 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Washington. The highway provides a short connection in the city of Tacoma, a subcenter in the metropolitan area of Seattle. The highway is just over 2 kilometers long.
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I-705 at Tacoma.
I-705 begins as a freeway from SR-7 (38th Street) in south Tacoma. The lanes are first separated, after which they cross each other like viaducts at the interchange with Interstate 5. The interchange with I-5 is a stack with several flyovers. The highway then runs along a rail corridor through the outskirts of the city of Tacoma. The highway runs downtown and ends with exits to Stadium Way and Schuster Parkway.
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I-705 is known for being the last Interstate Highway to be built in Washington State. The highway was completed in 1990. The southern end was constructed with the intention of extending the freeway further south through Tacoma, but no right-of-way has been cleared here and there are no plans to extend the freeway south.
21,000 vehicles drive daily between SR-7 and I-5, north of I-5 the highway is a lot busier with 73,000 vehicles a day. This drops to 39,000 vehicles along downtown Tacoma.
Interstate 82 in Washington
Interstate 82 or I -82 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Washington. The highway forms a diagonal north-south route in the central part of the state, from the Interstate 90 interchange at Ellensburg through Yakima to the Oregon border at Plymouth. The I-82 is 213 kilometers long.
The Fred G. Redmon Bridge north of Yakima.
The highway begins in Ellensburg, a small town in central Washington, 175 kilometers east of Seattle. I-90 continues east to Spokane, where I-82 turns south. The highway then has 2×2 lanes and runs through a wide valley before crossing a barren, almost desert-like mountain range. The carriageways are regularly spaced here from each other, and there are no exits in this desolate area. You cross a canyon via a hundred-meter high bridge, followed by a resting place where you have a view of the bridge. Here you enter the valley around Yakima, a regional city of 72,000 inhabitants, the main city on Interstate 82. Here you cross US 12, which runs inland to the Pacific Ocean. I-82 then continues its route southeast along the Yakima River. Here, from time to time, small towns dot the route.
One then enters the Tri-City area of Washington, where three larger towns combine to form an agglomeration of 192,000 residents around the cities of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. I-82 passes a short distance from these places, while Interstate 182 serves these cities, also connecting to I-82. I-82 then turns due south, and is double-numbered with US 395. At Plymouth one crosses the Columbia River, also the border with the state of Oregon, where Interstate 82 in Oregon continues a little further to Hermiston.
I-82 at Ellensburg.
Construction of I-82 started quite late, not until the 1980s, and it took until 1987 for the last section of I-82 in Washington to be completed. It was originally planned that I-82 would be much longer, all the way to Tacoma in the Seattle metropolitan area, but this plan was rejected because the Interstate 90 route was not far enough at such a distance to allow for a new route. to justify.
Because the I-82 runs in a rural area, the road is not very busy. Some 16,000 vehicles drive daily between Ellensburg and Yakima, while in Yakima it peaks with 42,000 vehicles per day. Farther southeast , intensities decrease from about 20,000 to 17,000 at the Oregon border . Long-distance, I-82 is a link between Seattle and Salt Lake City. The distance between the two cities is about 1,350 kilometers.