The SR 305 project team invited community members to provide feedback in an online survey as well. The project team distributed online survey invitations to the partners’ email distribution lists, and promoted in newspapers on the Kitsap Peninsula.
The online survey resulted in 1,222 unique responses from residents in following areas:
- 43% – Bainbridge Island
- 39% – Greater Poulsbo area
- 11% – Suquamish, Indianola, Kingston and Hansville areas
- 5% – Central Kitsap
- 1% – South Kitsap
- 1% – Other
Over two-thirds (67%) identified using SR 305 for “daily transportation” or “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.
- Travel time Most respondents to the survey (90%) indicated “travel time and speed” is an issue. Over 50% felt this issue occurred throughout the corridor, but cited commute times and ferry off-loads as particularly impactful. The traffic issues identified were mostly directional: southbound for the AM commute and northbound in the PM.
- Safety Nearly three quarters of those surveyed (76%) identified safety concerns. Top concerns included congestion due to ferry boarding and off-loading, pedestrian and bicyclist traffic, turns in all directions, and access to SR 305 from side streets.
- Intersections Over 70% identified “traffic signals at intersections” as an issue throughout the corridor, specifically around the ferry boarding area, at Clearwater Casino Resort, and at NE Day Road.
- Left turns 61% of respondents expressed concern about limited access from side roads throughout the corridor. Respondents also indicated the problem increased during commute times and ferry off-load periods.
- Transit Only 30% respondents considered transit an issue. A third of those respondents indicated they used transit for a majority of their trips. 45% of residents expressed concern about transit travel time. Other top concerns included scheduling, bus stops, crossing SR 305, buses caught in traffic, and buses causing traffic problems.
- Bicycle and pedestrian access Bicyclists (52%) and pedestrians (60%) identified concerns such as types of bicycle and pedestrian facilities available in the corridor and safety when crossing over SR 305 and biking on the Agate Pass Bridge. The majority of bicyclists start their trips at Bainbridge Island (53%), Poulsbo (North SR 305) (22%), and Suquamish (Central SR 305).
The survey invited participants to share general comments.
Some highlights of those comments includes:
- 177 comments on intersections, including turns, signals, and highway access.
- 99 comments on the ferry and their understanding of its impact on traffic.
- 96 comments on bicycles—specifically the need for additional bike facilities.
- 85 comments on the Agate Pass Bridge, ranging from bicycle and pedestrian facilities, total capacity, and the idea that community members feel Agate Pass Bridge is a choke point.
- 79 comments on traffic near the Clearwater Casino, specifically the intersection and signal.
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