The in basket: When the roundabout Kitsap County built south of Silverdale was being planned, the county said it was a safety project that wouldn’t address congestion. I thought that an odd disclaimer based on my observations of other roundabouts.
Since the project was complete, I’ve been there at rush hour a couple of times and found the traffic to being flowing smoothly, with no more serious backups that I see at the Port Orchard roundabout, which I frequent more often.
Friends who live close by on Chico Way say they have the same impression, that congestion has lessened
I asked the county if their prediction before the project opened was just to keep expectations low or if the roundabout was exceeding their own expectations.
The out basket: Tina Nelson, the county public works senior program manager, says, “During the design phase we were honest with the public about what the project was intended to accomplish, and what it wasn’t going to accomplish, based on studies and data available.
“This was an intersection control/safety project. This project has met our expectations. It is a safer intersection. It is much easier and safer to get to and from Chico Way.
“Those were two of our objectives with the project. Another was to construct something that we didn’t need to re-construct when we address the capacity of the Silverdale Way corridor in the future.
“As for congestion relief with the new roundabout, we don’t see it. If there is perception out there that it has relieved congestion, great. Our impression is the roundabout functions well, and the public has grown accustomed to it. As the landscaping has established itself, it has become a pleasing and positive gateway as you enter Silverdale.”
What do you readers who frequent the roundabout daily at rush hour think?