Report: Pacific Highway South is Federal Way’s deadliest road

Pacific Highway South is the most dangerous five-mile stretch of roadway in Federal Way and one of the most deadly roads in Washington, according to a study by MoneyGeek.

A July 23 report by MoneyGeek, a personal finance technology company, analyzed the most deadly roads in Washington state based on fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 2017 and 2019.

Of the 1,518 fatal crashes, the report also took into consideration the ways drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, seasonality and weather contributed to the roadway deaths.

The most deadly road in the state is SR 99 between Shoreline and Seattle, with nine fatalities and a fatal accident per every 2.2. miles, according to the report.

Other deadly areas include SR 99 between S. 252nd Street and S. 176th Street; I-5 from 96 Street South in Tacoma to Exit 133; and I-5 between Exit 119 and Exit 124.

Federal Way’s most deadly stretch of road is along SR 99 (Pacific Highway South) between 16th Avenue South and S. 263rd Street, according to the report.

There have been six fatal accidents between 2017-2019, averaging to a fatal accident about every 1.2 miles.

In all of the fatal accidents in Washington, drunk driving was related to nearly 33% of crashes, or about 500 collisions. Speeding contributed to 30% of accidents, or 468 fatal accidents from 2017–2019.

In 2021, there have been three fatalities accidents along Pacific Highway South to the south of S. 356th Street on June 8 and June 15. The accidents took place about 450 feet apart and prompted city and state leaders to change roadway rules, such as prohibiting left-hand turns and implementing curbing.