Holly Road speed limit problem

The in basket: Gene Arbogast II asked in June how he “would go about trying to get a speed limit decreased on NW Holly Road.
“My wife and I recently purchased a new home between Longhorn Drive and This-a-way
Road,” he said. “There are approximately 20 or
more homes between Boundary (Trail) and Longhorn Drive. All the driveways have homes that require backing out of the driveway, because the homes are situated next to the road like a quiet residential street. The speed limit through the area is 45 mph. Which means
most people traveling through this section are doing 50 to 55 mph. This
makes it a bit dangerous to back out of the driveway and very noisy also.


The in basket: Gene Arbogast II asked in June how he “would go about trying to get a speed limit decreased on NW Holly Road.
“My wife and I recently purchased a new home between Longhorn Drive and This-a-way
Road,” he said. “There are approximately 20 or
more homes between Boundary (Trail) and Longhorn Drive. All the driveways have homes that require backing out of the driveway, because the homes are situated next to the road like a quiet residential street. The speed limit through the area is 45 mph. Which means
most people traveling through this section are doing 50 to 55 mph. This
makes it a bit dangerous to back out of the driveway and very noisy also.
“My neighbors agree that the traffic is getting heavier and the
amount of cars speeding is going up and making it difficult to enter the
roadway. We have had a couple of instances were we have almost been hit by cars coming around the corner as we try to back from our driveway.”
He hoped to get the speed limit reduced to 30 or 35 mph there.
The out basket: I referred him to the Open Line of Kitsap County Public Works and he pursued the issue rather vigorously for a time. I hadn’t heard from him for awhile when a proposal to cut the speed limit on Holly Road between Seabeck-Holly Road and Boundary Trail turned up on the county commissioners’ Dec. 6 study session agenda.
Public Works Director Randy Casteel cited the driveways in that stretch and the Camp Union business center as reasons for a reduction to 35 mph there. He said there had been 52 accidents along that stretch since 2001.
The commissioners had no objections, but will have to take official action after a period of public notification. I think Gene can look forward to a 35 mph speed limit past his house soon.

One thought on “Holly Road speed limit problem

  1. Regarding Gene Arbogast II’s comments on the speed limit on Holly Road dated 12/11/06:

    First, Holly Road has five foot paved shoulders on both sides and additional gravel shoulders where there is no curb. While backing out onto this road is stressfull, if you stay close to the shoulder edge, cars have quite a bit of room to maneuver around you.
    Second, while driving west on Holly Road the speed limit decreases from 45 MPH down to 40 MPH near Boundary Trail all the way to the west end of Holly Road. So the area where you live is posted at 40 MPH not 45 MPH as you stated. Your confusion on this is understandable as the speed limit changes FIVE times (six times if you count the seasonal decrease at Wildcat Lake Park) on the five mile stretch of Holly Rd. As I too live in the area, I have actually had comments from arriving guests regarding the confusing speed limits.
    With the exception of the 25 MPH zone through the Symes Road/Green Mountain Road area and the seasonal change at the park, could the speed limit for the rest of Holly Road be posted at one speed? This solution could (ease) driver frustration and maybe even reduce some speeding tickets.

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