In 2017, Kitsap Transit worked with community partners to develop the SR 305 Needs and Opportunity Study that helped establish a vision and goals for this corridor. The study prioritized strategies to help move people, increase safety and improve traffic flow along the corridor. WSDOT used the results and recommendations from this study to evaluate and prioritize projects to build that improve mobility and safety.
Most participants expressed concerns about the safety of making left turns on and off SR 305 from several intersections. Many participants requested traffic signals to manage traffic flow and prevent collisions. Several participants expanded on this concern and requested roadway striping at SR 305 and major roads to prevent blocking at intersections. Participants also requested left turn lanes to maintain traffic flow and help prevent collisions.
Participants most commonly identified the following intersections for improvements:
- West Port Madison Road.
- Seminole Road NE.
- NE Seabold Road.
- NE Totten Road.
- Lemolo Drive NE.
- Masi Shop.
Roundabouts: traffic flow versus safety
Many participants offered comments about roundabouts. A majority of those who commented on the use of roundabouts thought they were a good solution. Participants commented that roundabouts would ease traffic flow concerns, prevent collisions and allow quick access to SR 305 during peak-periods with high congestion.
For those participants concerned about roundabouts, most questioned their safety in a high-speed corridor, whether they would effectively manage traffic flow, impacts to nearby properties during construction and accessing the corridor from side streets.
Of the intersections identified at previous open houses, the following locations are being advanced for design:
- Agatewood Road NE.
- West Port Madison Road/NE Seabold Road.
- Johnson Road NE.
- NE Totten Road/Lemolo Drive NE.
- Suquamish Way NE.
- Masi Shop/Sandy Hook.
- NE Day Road.
Increased bus service leads to a more efficient and safer corridor
Many participants expressed a need for increased bus service to reduce the number of vehicles on SR 305. Several participants commented that reducing the number of motorized vehicles on SR 305 would improve safety. Attendees also suggested that implementing queue jumps. Queue jumps prioritize buses at traffic signals to increase efficiency and reliability of transit.
Several participants suggested the following to improve safety and access along the corridor:
- Work with local police to monitor traffic speeds and dangerous driving.
- Extend the current 45 mph speed limit on SR 305 from Agate Pass southward to the West Port Madison Road intersection, as an immediate measure to reduce risk of collision.
- Widen SR 305 to reduce congestion.
- Widen the shoulders for people using bicycles.
- Increase sidewalks along the corridor for pedestrians.