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SR 305 - Suquamish Way Intersection Improvement

Status

May 2016

  • Northbound SR 305 drivers turning onto Suquamish Way Northeast are using a portion of the new separated right turn lane.
  • The SR 305 crosswalk at Suquamish Way Northeast has been temporarily relocated to the western side of the intersection (towards Poulsbo). The crosswalk had previously been located on the eastern side of the intersection (towards Bainbridge Island). The relocation will allow crews to build the new pedestrian/bicyclist island near the original location of the crosswalk.
  • Passersby may notice a temporary pause in construction activity as crews await delivery of a new traffic signal pole.
  • Curious about changes to Kitsap Transit bus stops? Check the Kitsap Transit Rider Alerts web page.  
  • Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each Monday through Friday. SR 305 will also have occasional shoulder and turn-lane closures as well as traffic shifts.
  • A new public park and ride has been established at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort parking garage.

 

Why is WSDOT Improving this intersection?
In the 2012 Washington State Transportation Budget, the Legislature included a proviso (pdf 159 kb) directing the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to identify and design a solution that will alleviate congestion at the SR 305 Suquamish Way intersection located in Kitsap County.

The purpose of the project is to improve mobility while reducing the potential for collisions. The project will address issues related to the nearby park and ride lot, the concerns of bicyclists and pedestrians, local business access, residents, and other land users.

The End Result
Through coordination and cooperation between Kitsap Transit, the Suquamish Tribe, Kitsap County, bicycle groups and WSDOT, the final result of this project will be improvements to this intersection that will have something for everyone. 

Project Benefits

  • A separated right turn lane from SR 305 to Suquamish Way will help to reduce congestion at this intersection.
  • The existing bus stop will be relocated to a newly constructed island. The island will provide a refuge from traffic to help increase safety while loading and unloading passengers.
  • When buses re-enter traffic from the island, the traffic signal will allow for what's called a queue jump. Queue jumps help buses more easily merge into traffic.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians will be provided routes through the project area including some sidewalks, wide shoulders, ADA compliant ramps, green pavement marking for conflict areas, and a bicycle refuge box at the intersection for northbound bicyclists.
  • Stormwater from the project area will be treated to remove pollutants.

What is the project timeline?
Aug. 2012 - Data collection, stakeholder input and traffic analysis.            
Dec. 2013 - Planning effort was complete.
Sept. 2014 - A coalition of WSDOT engineers, planners, local elected officials and area stakeholders concluded an effort to identify potential solutions and associated costs for intersection improvements. 
Fall 2015 - Design complete.
Jan. 2016 - $1,033,586.96 contract awarded to Port Madison Enterprises Construction Corporation.
March 2016 - Start of construction. 
Summer 2016- Project complete.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 330528A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $3,069
Total $3,069

In 2012 the Legislature provided $750,000 from Federal and State sources for preliminary design engineering.

In 2015 Kitsap Transit obtained a grant of $2,319,000 for the construction of this project.

How can I get more information?
Contact:

Michele Britton
Project Engineer
360-874-3010

Claudia Bingham Baker
Communications Manager
360-357-2789

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