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 areas
·        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 below)

Issues identified

Travel time:   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.

Safety:  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.

Intersections:  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.

Transit:  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 chart below)

The survey allowed for general comments as follows:

·        177 on intersections, turns, and access, with concern on a wide range of specific areas, signals, left hand turns, and highway access.
·        99 on the ferry and its perceived impact on traffic.
·        96 on bicycles—specifically the need for additional bike facilities and concerns on biking on the Agate Pass Bridge. 
·        85 on the Agate Pass Bridge. Issues range from bicycle and pedestrian facilities, capacity, and the idea that Agate Pass Bride is a perceived choke point.
·        79 on the Clearwater Casino, specifically the intersection and signal. 

Click here to see entire survey results

STAY INFORMED

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