Almira Drive Stop to Get Crosswalk

The in basket: Virginia Pace wrote in April to say, “I have noted that on Almira Drive, which serves Kitsap Mental Health, there are two covered  bus stops used by many patients of KMH.  There is no cross walk from KMH to the covered bus stop going northwest, hence, the emotionally compromised KMH patients are crossing the street, in an unsafe manner.  These patients need to be protected by a cross walk


The in basket: Virginia Pace wrote in April to say, “I have noted that on Almira Drive, which serves Kitsap Mental Health, there are two covered  bus stops used by many patients of KMH.  There is no cross walk from KMH to the covered bus stop going northwest, hence, the emotionally compromised KMH patients are crossing the street, in an unsafe manner.  These patients need to be protected by a cross walk.  The traffic on Almira has increased over the past five years….and so have the number of patients using Kitsap Transit.  
From the driver’s standpoint, it is a hazard to us as we have to wait, which I don’t mind doing, for them to finally wander across the street in a scattered and unsafe manner.  The patients are not always conscious of their lack of safety precautions in crossing the street,.
Schools, churches, hospitals etc have cross walks. Why not KMH? 
The out basket: Virginia gets a gold stat for community service. Jeff Shea of the engineering staff at Kitsap County Public Works checked the location and concluded that it is major stop for Kitsap Transit that warrants a crosswalk. One will be installed, along with signs denoting a crossing for handicapped people, he said.

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