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SR 3 - SR 304 Interchange Improvements Project - Bremerton

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October 2014

  • Oct. 30 open house on SR 3/SR 304 congestion relief study moves to Kitsap Conference Center
  • Commuters, residents, and local businesses that rely on State Routes 3 and 304 in Bremerton are invited to learn more about proposed alternatives to help relieve traffic congestion.

What: SR 3/SR 304 congestion relief study open house
When: 4 p.m. -7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Where: Puget Sound Ballroom
Kitsap Conference Center
100 Washington Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337

Why is WSDOT studying this interchange?
WSDOT was directed by the Legislature to conduct a feasibility study for interchange improvements to the SR 3 - SR 304 Interchange in Bremerton.

The purpose of this study is to improve mobility during the PM peak commute periods along southbound SR 3 under the SR 304 westbound ramp where the travel lanes narrow down from two to one lane. The resulting congestion increases delay and travel time affecting safety and imposing inconvenience for the traveling public.

This project will advance development of the interchange improvements by beginning the initial environmental documentation, preliminary engineering and design to expedite project delivery.

  
Study Alternatives:
WSDOT, city, county, U.S. Navy and transit officials have been working collaboratively to find alternatives to reduce traffic congestion and improve existing highway operations where State Route 3 and State Route 304 meet in Bremerton. The group has worked together to identify the following list of alternative projects that attempt to improve traffic flow.

Option 1
Hard Shoulder Running – Investigate opening the southbound State Route SR 3 shoulder to traffic on weekdays from 3-6 p.m. Those hours often see the heaviest traffic volumes. The shoulder along southbound SR 3 would be open to traffic during those hours in the area between the Bremerton Wastewater Treatment Plant and the SR 3/SR 304 interchange merge.

Option 2
Construct 2 Lanes – Demolish and rebuild the SR 304 on-ramp over SR 3 to accommodate two lanes on southbound SR 3 in the area between the Bremerton Wastewater Treatment Plant and the SR 3/SR 304 interchange merge.

Option 3
Restripe to 2 Lanes – Restripe to create two lanes on southbound SR 3 in the area between the Bremerton Wastewater Treatment Plant and the SR 3/SR 304 merge. Two lanes currently merge into one at that location.

Option 4
Add a 3rd Lane from the SR 304 on-ramp to Gorst – Widen southbound SR 3 from the SR 304 on-ramp to Gorst to create three lanes. Crews would also restripe southbound SR 3 to two lanes in the area between the Bremerton Wastewater Treatment Plant and the SR 3/SR 304 merge.

The preferred alternative will include Transportation Demand Management (TDM) options




The End Result
The end result will identify a preferred alternative to advance into the preliminary engineering and design phase of the process.

Project Benefits
Project benefits include the advancement of the design, preliminary engineering and right of way acquisition for the preferred alternative.

Once the alternative is implemented, benefits include improved mobility by reducing delay and providing a consistent travel time through the SR 3 - SR 304 interchange while maintaining the safe operation of both SR 3 and SR 304 in the process.

What is the project timeline?
The study phase is expected to be completed by August 2014.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 300302F
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $500
Total $500


Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
   State Funds $500
Total $500


How can I get more information?
Contact:

Debbie Clemen
WSDOT, Olympic Region Transportation Planning Office
P. O. Box 47440
Olympia, WA 98504-7440
Phone: (360) 704-3204
Email: clemend@wsdot.wa.gov

Claudia Bingham-Baker
Communications Manager
360-357-2789

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