PSRC seeking public comment

Rural Town Centers and Corridors projects

Public comment is being sought on a list of projects recommended to receive approximately $5 million in Rural Town Centers and Corridors Program funding. The program uses Federal Highway Administration funds for projects supporting smaller towns and cities in rural areas of the region.

The public comment period will run from July 11 to September 26, 2019.

The projects recommended for funding are:

  • Poulsbo Complete Streets Plan, Planning, $215,000. A study of street, sidewalk, parking, landscape and transit improvements.
  • Kitsap County SR 104 Realignment, Right of Way, $1,400,000. An effort to realign ferry traffic in Kingston by adding lanes on NE 1st Street and removing lanes on Main Street.
  • Skykomish US 2 Street Roundabout Design, Preliminary Engineering /Design, $259,500. This project will design a three-legged roundabout with splitter islands at the intersection of 5th Street and US 2 and include pedestrian facilities.
  • Stanwood Viking Way Phase 2, PE/D and ROW $432,500. This project will provide design and right of way to extend Viking Way 200 feet to 92nd Avenue NW with a complete street.
  • Carnation Tolt Ave CBD Improvements, Construction, $450,000. This project constructs transportation and street improvements in Carnation's downtown.
  • Eatonville SR 161/Washington Ave N. Corridor Streetscape Phase 2, Construction, $2,145,200. Improvements include new sidewalks with ADA compliant curb ramps, lighting, stormwater drainage, landscaping, and a rapid rectangular flashing beacon system at the intersection of SR 161 and Carter Street E.
  • Roy Yelm Prairie Line Trail, Planning, $45,000. A planning study to examine alignments of a shared use path from downtown Roy to the Nisqually River to connect Roy to the City of Yelm.  

This recommendation also includes a prioritized contingency list of projects should additional funds become available prior to the next project selection process.

Public comments received by September 5 will be provided to the Transportation Policy Board in the agenda packet for its meeting on September 12, 2019, at which time a recommendation to the Executive Board for approval will be made. The Executive Board is scheduled to approve the project recommendations at its meeting on September 26.

How to make a comment:

Mail: Puget Sound Regional Council
ATTN: Ryan Thompto
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-1035

E-mail: rthompto@psrc.org

In Person: September 12 at 9:30 AM at the beginning of the Transportation Policy Board meeting or September 26 at 10 AM at the beginning of the Executive Board meeting. Both meetings will be held at 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104.

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Comments

The Kingston Ferry Advisory Committee makes its strongest possible recommendation for the acceptance of this request for right of way funding to re-route our ferry traffic around our downtown. Originally traffic for most ferry terminals went through their host towns. Since then ferry traffic has been re-routed around most down town main streets. Kingston is one of the few terminals where the arrangement has not been changed. Ferry traffic still runs though the middle of our town dividing it. Rerouting this traffic is important for the following reasons:
Kingston ferry traffic at 2M cars per year is second only to Mukilteo (which is being rehabilitated) at 2.2M cars per year. Our traffic is concentrates in our summer sailings, 23 sailings per day. On the last Sunday checked,August 25th, 15 of 16 sailings (94%) between 10:30 AM and 9:40 PM had traffic backed up thru our downtown. Walking through these lines is a pedestrian safety hazard. This traffic blocks our local traffic cross streets and impacts local business.
In late fall through early spring, when traffic is not backed up, vehicles going at speed to make the ferry present a hazard to pedestrians crossing from one side of our main street to the other.

Currently outbound ferry traffic bypasses our downtown. Shifting ferry bound traffic to this same route is a practical solution as it utilizes an existing route and existing holding lot access.

Thank you for your comment. We will share this with the board at the meeting on September 12, 2019. 

I recommend approval of funding for the SR 104 realignment project. The proposed property acquisition is a necessary but small part the changes required for WSF to accommodate the growing demand and traffic on the WSF Kingston-Edmonds cross sound route.

However, by focusing on just this 6 block section of SR 104, the slide deck and Kitsap County's application that describe and cite the project as a solution are misleading and short sighted. I suggest PSRC seek a more comprehensive view of the SR 104 "improvements" from the intersection of SR 104 / SR 307 to the proposed relocated toll booths in order to evaluate the likelihood that this realignment project will be feasible and affordable, when considerations are made for the undefined, but necessary, traffic lights, turn lanes, holding lot expansion, adjustments for local traffic and appropriate ancillary projects including sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Acquiring this property base on the information presented is like jumping from a bridge without asking about the water depth.

Thanks for commenting. We will share this with the board at the meeting on September 12, 2019.