Kitsap County lets you nominate road projects

The in basket: Perhaps you’ve seen publicity about the invitation from Kitsap County Public Works to propose road projects the county should undertake in the upcoming years.

Each December the county adopts a plan that shows what it hopes to accomplish in the way of roadwork in the coming six years.

Citizens can nominate projects until May 25 online at http://www.kitsapgov.com/pw/Tip_Project_Proposal_form.asp. It calls up a form to fill out.

The out basket: The county news release extending the invitation says projects will be evaluated on “safety and/or capacity needs, structural condition, environmental retrofits, and non-motorized needs.”

The environmental retrofits portion of that has been a growing category in recent years, as a glance at the 2012-2017 plan passed last winter at www.kitsapgov.com/pw/sixyear_tip.htm suggests.

Increasingly, culvert projects have been getting high priorities,with the current plan showing culvert replacements at Miami Beach Road, South Kingston Road, Eastview Drive, Hite Center Drive and Wildcat Lake Road listed among the top dozen priority spots, with getting Hunter Road a new bridge where a culvert was washed out in a rainstorm is in 13th position.

Avoiding emergency response to a washed-out culvert that closed a road by taking out an old questionable one no doubt plays some role in the burgeoning number of culvert jobs, but it’s more likely that salmon enhancement is the driving force.

If you’re inclined to propose a project, make sure it’s not in one of the cities or on a state highway. Those jurisdictions have their own ways of hearing about possible projects but they aren’t as streamlined. It’s only been the last couple of years Kitsap County has extended its invitation formally.

Going back through some of the past year’s Road Warriors I would say that expanding use of the yellow flashing left turn signals that for now are common only in Silverdale and South Kitsap would be a popular proposal for the next six years. So would adding a right turn lane on Ridgetop Boulevard at Silverdale Way, which the county said would have to find its way onto the road plan before it might get done, after a reader suggested it last year.

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