Public invited to learn about a roundabout planned for SR 162 at Orville Road in Pierce County

Visit the online open house anytime through Feb. 15

ORTING – Beginning Thursday, Feb. 1, community members can learn more about a State Route 162 safety improvement project in east Pierce County in an online open house.

The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to replace the existing intersection on SR 162 at Orville Road with a new single-lane roundabout.

Studies show roundabouts are safer than intersections with traffic signals or stop signs. Roundabouts reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes while also keeping people moving. This project is part of WSDOT’s routine reviews of rural intersections on the state highway system. The goal is to find ways to reduce potential crashes.

Public feedback received during the online open house will help finalize the design of the roundabout.

SR 162 Orville Road roundabout open house information

When: Thursday, Feb. 1 to Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024


Details: Participants will learn about the proposed roundabout, safety information, timeline for the project and next steps.

Free WiFi access is available at these locations for people who wish to participate in the online open house:

  • Orting Pierce County Library: 202 Washington Ave. S. Orting, WA 98360
  • South Hill Pierce County Library: 15420 Meridian E. South Hill, WA 98375
  • Graham Pierce County Library: 9202 224th St. E. Graham, WA 98338

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.