In 2016, the Council authorized the purchase of two large parcels of land known as LBA Woods. These parcels were originally slated to be large housing developments, but the community wanted them preserved as park and open space and the developers were willing to sell the land to the City.
As part of this acquisition process, the City re-evaluated the need for the Log Cabin Road connection through these properties. The need for the road was examined given the change in land use from housing to park/open space. It was determined that the new road is still needed, but further in the future, closer to the 20-year horizon.
As part of the evaluation of the street connection in 2016, traffic impacts of not building the road were examined. If Log Cabin road was not extended between Boulevard Road and Herman Road, modeling shows that traffic in 2035 would increase on other east-west streets, as shown on the map below.
To address the impacts to these other streets, improvements to these streets would need to be made – widening and intersection improvements. Widening Morse-Merryman Road and making improvements to Yelm Highway and 18th Avenue were evaluated and found to be much more costly. Widening of Morse-Merryman would be needed, significantly impacting existing properties and homes.