SR 305 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT
State Route 305, which runs from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal to State Route 3 in Kitsap County, is a vital corridor for residents, businesses and visitors alike. The highway has a wide range of traffic volumes along its 13.5 mile route. Near the ferry terminal, the annual average daily traffic for 2015 was 6,800 vehicles. In comparison, SR 305 near SR 3 has an annual average daily traffic volume of 35,000. As a user of SR 305, your experiences are important to help determine what may happen in the corridor.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS:
In July 2015, the Washington State Legislature included
$38.6 million for SR 305 construction and safety improvements between the ferry terminal and Hostmark Street NE as part of the
Connecting Washington Transportation revenue package.
Kitsap County, Kitsap Transit, Suquamish Tribe, City of
Bainbridge Island, City of Poulsbo, and the Washington State Department of
Transportation (WSDOT) are partnering to identify the key transportation issues
and ideas within the SR 305 corridor between the ferry terminal and Hostmark Street NE. Help shape the future of this vital corridor!
Please take the survey below and/or attend one of the three Open Houses
scheduled near you!
SURVEY RESULTS OVERVIEW
The survey of SR 305 users resulted in 1,222 respondents
from the following areas:
43% - Bainbridge Island
39% - Greater Poulsbo area
11% - Squamish, Indianola, Kinston and Hansville
5% - Central Kitsap
1% - South Kitsap
1% - Other
Over two-thirds (67%) identified using SR 305 as “daily
transportation” or “commute more than three days a week”.
One-third (33%) said they use the corridor occasionally.
Most respondents (87%) indicated they drive alone for the
majority of trips on SR 305. (see chart
Most respondents (90%) indicated “travel
time and speed” as an issue. Over 50% felt this issue occurred throughout the
corridor, however cited commute times and ferry off-loads as particularly
impactful. Identified traffic issues were mostly directional—southbound for the AM commute and northbound in the PM.
Nearly three quarters (76%) identified
safety as a significant issue. A wide-range of concerns were noted throughout
the corridor. Traffic levels and ferry off-loading impacts were frequently
mentioned as top safety concerns, along with biking and walking, turning
movements, and accessing SR 305 from side streets.
Over 70% identified “traffic signals at intersections” as an issue. A
majority felt this occurred throughout the corridor; and indicated the impact
during ferry off-loads and signal timing at Clearwater Casino Resort and at NE
Day Road as primary concerns.
Making left turns and
accessing from a side road where identified as issues
(61% and 60% respectively) in a wide variety of locations. Respondents also
indicated the problem was worst during commute times and ferry off-load periods.
Only 30% (340) respondents considered
transit an issue. This is three times the
number of respondents who indicated they used transit for a majority of their
trips (102). Of those who responded,
45% felt Transit Travel Time was a
concern. Comments regarding “transit” vastly ranged around concerns of
scheduling, bus stops and crossing SR 305, buses caught in traffic, and buses
causing traffic problems.
Bicycle and Pedestrian
access: Respondents indicated that bicycle (52%) and pedestrian
(60%) access is not an issue; however, those who do bike and walk identified
significant barriers, such as the type of bicycle and pedestrian facilities
available in the corridor, crossing over SR 305, and biking on the Agate Pass
Bridge. The majority of cyclists start their trips at Bainbridge Island (53%),
Poulsbo (North SR 305) (22%), and Suquamish (Central SR 305).
Of those who responded to the survey,
16% indicated they use SR 305 for biking and 7% use it for walking. (see
The survey allowed
for general comments as follows:
intersections, turns, and access, with concern on a wide range of specific
areas, signals, left hand turns, and highway access.
the ferry and its perceived impact on traffic.
bicycles—specifically the need for additional bike facilities and concerns on
biking on the Agate Pass Bridge.
the Agate Pass Bridge. Issues range from bicycle and pedestrian facilities,
capacity, and the idea that Agate Pass Bride is a perceived choke point.
the Clearwater Casino, specifically the intersection and signal.
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