SEQUIM — A Tacoma developer says he and tenants of a planned regional shopping center will pay for completion of the Simdars Road interchange at U.S. Highway 101 if they locate east of downtown.
The cost to add an on-ramp for westbound traffic and an off-ramp for eastbound vehicles is estimated at $2 million.
Finishing the interchange is the No. 1 priority on the city’s six-year road plan approved earlier this year.
During a phone interview Wednesday, Christopher Kang, owner of Commercial Development LLC in Tacoma, confirmed his commitment to cover construction costs for the interchange work.
“The (state) Department of Transportation has no funds,” Kang said, noting the state agency would provide professional staff to oversee the project.
Kang acknowledged that he and tenants will be making a substantial investment by paying for the highway work.
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