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Washington State Route 702

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State Route 702 marker

State Route 702
352nd Street
Route information
Auxiliary route of SR 7
Defined by RCW 47.17.815
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 9.32 mi[1] (15.00 km)
Existed: ca. 1931 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 507 in McKenna
East end: SR 7 in rural Pierce County
Counties: Pierce
Highway system
SR 599 SR 704

State Route 702 (SR 702) is a 9.32-mile (15.00 km) long two-lane state highway located entirely in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The highway travels through rural Pierce County, and has existed since at least 1931 as State Highway 10, then as Secondary State Highway 5J until the 1964 state highway renumbering when it was renumbered to SR 702. The roadway the highway is routed along, continues east to an interchange with SR 161.

Route description[edit]

State Route 702 (SR 702) starts at a t intersection with SR 507, east of McKenna Elementary School, headed easterly along 352nd Street. The highway travels through sections of lightly populated rural Pierce County, with sections of alternating houses and small sections of heavily wooded land. The highway terminates at SR 7, however the roadway continues east past the intersection.[2] The entire route is a two lane undivided highway with a 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) speed limit posted.[1]

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 2009, WSDOT calculated that as few as 4,400 cars traveled over the highway at the eastern terminus at SR 7, and as many as 8,600 cars at the western terminus at SR 507.[3]


The roadway linking McKenna to now SR 7 has existed since at least 1931,[4] then designated State Highway 10, and by 1939 the highway designation had been changed to Secondary State Highway 5J (SSH 5J).[5] This number remained until the 1964 state highway renumbering, where the number was changed to the current SR 702.[6] The highways SR 702 have connected to also been renumbered over the years, the western highway being numbered SSH 5H, and the highway on the east was formerly designated Primary State Highway 5.[7]

In February 2010, Representative Tom Campbell secured funding to install a traffic light at the eastern terminus, claiming it "will save lives and support jobs."[8] Updated Google Street View imagery of the highway has not yet been completed.[9]

Major intersections[edit]

The shield of former SSH 5J

The entire highway is in Pierce County. [10]

Location[10] mi[1] km Destinations Notes
McKenna 0.00 0.00 SR 507 (Spanaway McKenna Highway) – Yelm, Roy At-grade intersection, western terminus
9.32 15.00 SR 7 (Mountain Highway) – Elbe, Elk Plain At-grade intersection; eastern terminus; road continues east to SR 161
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "State Highway Log Planning Report 2009 SR 2 to SR 971" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). p. 1715. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Google (October 29, 2010). "SR 702" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "2009 Annual Traffic Report" (PDF). WSDOT. p. 212. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Washington State Highway Map (DjVu) (Map). Washington State Highway Commission. 1931. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ Washington State Highway Map (DjVu) (Map). Washington State Highway Commission. 1939. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sign Route Numbers with Corresponding Legislative Highway Numbers" (PDF). Washington State Department of Highways. December 1, 1965. p. 4. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ Washington State Highway Map (DjVu) (Map). Washington State Highway Commission. 1950. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Shannon, Brad (February 27, 2010). "Under the Dome". The Olympian. The McClatchy Company. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Google (November 14, 2010). "SR 22 eastern terminus Street View" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ Washington Oregon Road Map (Map). 1 in ≈ 17.3 mi. Cartography by Rand McNally. Union 76. 1972. § F6-7. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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