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Washington State Route 162

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State Route 162 marker

State Route 162
SR 162 is highlighted in red.
Route information
Auxiliary route of SR 410
Defined by RCW 47.17.315
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 17.37 mi[2] (27.95 km)
Existed: 1964[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 410 in Sumner
East end: SR 165 near Buckley
Location
Counties: Pierce
Highway system
SR 161 SR 163

State Route 162 (SR 162) is a 17.37-mile-long (27.95 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Washington, serving rural Pierce County. The highway travels from an interchange with SR 410 in Sumner and travels south along the Puyallup River to Orting and northeast to South Prairie, ending at an intersection with SR 165 near Buckley. SR 162 was established in 1964 as the successor to Secondary State Highway 5E (SSH 5E), which was codified in 1937. The highway crosses the Puyallup River northwest of Orting on the McMillin Bridge, which opened in 1934 and is scheduled to be replaced with a newer bridge that will begin construction in 2014.

Route description[edit]

SR 162 crosses the Puyallup River northwest of Orting on the McMillin Bridge, opened in 1934.

SR 162 begins at a diamond interchange with the SR 410 freeway in Sumner and travels south as a continuation of Valley Avenue, crossing the Puyallup River.[3][4] The highway continues south through rural Pierce County, following a Ballard Terminal Railroad line and the Puyallup River.[5] It serves the community of Alderton and joins the Pierce County Foothills Trail, traveling southeast from Puyallup.[6][7] SR 162 crosses the Puyallup River on the McMillin Bridge, listed on the National Register of Historical Places,[8] west of its confluence with the Carbon River. It becomes Washington Avenue as it travels southeast through Orting, serving Orting High School.[9][10] The highway turns southwest onto Bridge Street and crosses the Foothills Trail before turning back southeast onto Herman Way, later Pioneer Way outside of Orting, towards South Prairie. SR 162 continues northeast, crossing the Foothills Trail and the Carbon River before passing through South Prairie.[11] The highway travels east, crossing South Prairie Creek and passing White River High School,[12][13] before ending at an intersection with SR 165 southwest of Buckley.[14][15]

Every year, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) conducts a series of surveys on its highways in the state to measure traffic volume. This is expressed in terms of average annual daily traffic (AADT), which is a measure of traffic volume for any average day of the year. In 2011, WSDOT calculated that between 4,100 and 21,000 vehicles per day used the highway, mostly between Sumner and Orting.[16]

History[edit]

SR 162 was codified as SSH 5E during the creation of the primary and secondary state highways in 1937, beginning at Primary State Highway 5 (PSH 5) and U.S. Route 410 in Puyallup, traveling through Orting and South Prairie to end at an intersection with a branch of PSH 5 southwest of Buckley.[17][18][19] SSH 5E had a branch that traveled south from Orting to Electron that was removed from the state highway system in 1955.[20][21] The highway traveled across the Puyallup River into Orting on the McMillin Bridge, which opened in 1934 as a concrete half-through truss bridge to save the Department of Highways a total of $826.[22] SR 165 was established during the 1964 highway renumbering and was codified in 1970 as the replacement to SSH 5E.[1][23][24] The western terminus, now at SR 410, was moved east to an interchange in Sumner after the completion of the Sumner Freeway in 1972.[1][25] The McMillin Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as an example of a half-through truss bridge built with concrete instead of steel.[8][26] The route of the highway has not seen a major revision since 1972;[27] however, WSDOT repaved the roadway and added guardrails between Orting and Buckley in 2008.[28] The deteriorating McMillin Bridge is being replaced by WSDOT with a newer, wider span over the Puyallup River scheduled to begin construction in 2014.[29]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Pierce County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Sumner 0.00–
0.08
0.00–
0.13
SR 410 – Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Buckley Western terminus, interchange, continues as Valley Avenue
  17.37 27.95 SR 165 – Buckley, Wilkeson, Carbon River Ranger Station Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "47.17.315: State route No. 162", Revised Code of Washington (Washington State Legislature), 1970; revised 1971, 1975, retrieved February 4, 2013  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Staff (2012), State Highway Log: Planning Report 2011, SR 2 to SR 971 (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, pp. 1111–1116, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  3. ^ SR 410: Junction SR 162/Valley Ave (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, November 19, 1992, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  4. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Puyallup River", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  5. ^ 2011 Washington State Rail System (PDF) (Map). Washington State Department of Transportation. January 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Alderton", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  7. ^ Foothills Trail Map (PDF), Pierce County Parks Departments, August 2, 2010, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  8. ^ a b National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties (PDF), United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, March 1, 1983, p. 45, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  9. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Orting", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  10. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Orting Senior High School", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), March 1, 1993, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  11. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: South Prairie", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  12. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: South Prairie Creek", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  13. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: White River High School", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), January 1, 1995, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  14. ^ Google (November 16, 2010). "State Route 162" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Buckley", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  16. ^ Staff (2011), 2011 Annual Traffic Report (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, p. 147, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  17. ^ Washington State Legislature (March 18, 1937), "Chapter 207: Classification of Public Highways", Session Laws of the State of Washington, Session Laws of the State of Washington (1937 ed.), Olympia, Washington: Washington State Legislature, p. 1003, retrieved February 4, 2013, (e) Secondary State Highway No. 5E; beginning at Puyallup on Primary State Highway No. 5, thence in a southerly direction by the most feasible route to Orting, thence in a northeasterly direction by the most feasible route to a junction with Primary State Highway No. 5 in the vicinity south of Buckley; also beginning at a junction with Secondary State Highway No. 5E, as herein described, southeast of Orting, thence in a southerly direction by the most feasible route to Electron. 
  18. ^ Washington (Pierce County): Tacoma South Quadrangle (JPG) (Map). 1:250,000. United States Geological Survey. 1944. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ Washington: Lake Tapps Quadrangle (JPG) (Map). 1:250,000. United States Geological Survey. 1944. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ Washington State Legislature (1955), "Chapter 383", Session Laws of the State of Washington, Session Laws of the State of Washington (1955 ed.), Olympia, Washington: Washington State Legislature 
  21. ^ Seattle, 1958 (JPG) (Map). 1:250,000. United States Geological Survey. 1958. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  22. ^ Long, Priscilla (September 12, 2007), "Innovative McMillin Bridge spanning the Puyallup River in Pierce County opens in 1934.", HistoryLink, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  23. ^ Prahl, C. G. (December 1, 1965), Identification of State Highways (PDF), Washington State Highway Commission, Department of Highways, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  24. ^ Seattle, 1965 (JPG) (Map). 1:250,000. United States Geological Survey. 1965. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  25. ^ Washington Oregon Road Map (Map). 1 in ≈ 17.3 mi (WA) / 1 in ≈ 20.9 mi (OR). Cartography by Rand McNally. Union 76. 1972. 
  26. ^ Lawrence, Michael (August 1993), McMillin Bridge (Puyallup River Bridge) (PDF), Historic American Engineering Record, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  27. ^ Washington State Highways, 2011–2012 (PDF) (Map). 1:842,000. Washington State Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  28. ^ Bhalla, Ricky (September 2008), SR 162 - Orville Road to SR 165 - Paving - Complete September 2008, Washington State Department of Transportation, retrieved February 4, 2013 
  29. ^ Fuchs, Steve, SR 162 - Puyallup River Bridge, Washington State Department of Transportation, retrieved February 4, 2013 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing