The in basket: Jim Hazel and JoAnne Stefanac e-mailed to press for quick action to make the intersection of Highway 3 and Sunnyslope Road less dangerous. And Jim wondered what he’d be commenting on if he used an e-mail address listed in a letter to the editor in the Kitsap Sun recently in connection with that intersection.
“You’ve addressed this before,” JoAnne wrote, “but we’ve had another fatality there again recently and I was wondering if/when they are EVER going to address this dangerous intersection with some kind of improvement? Turning left onto the highway from Sunnyslope Road is taking your life in your hands as the folks are roaring up the hill to ‘get ahead’ of one another before the two lanes merge into one at the top of the hill.
“It’s like a racetrack there most of the time. Not to mention, dodging the cars coming from the left (from Belfair). Poor man lost the gamble this week. How many deaths does it take to get it fixed?
“Honestly, I’d LOVE a (signal),” she said when I asked her what she would suggest, “but I know it’s all about the roundabouts nowadays. Hate them and don’t think they’d do that on a highway at any rate (Please God!). Would have to be a light. A life-saving light.
“They have one in Gorst, one at the airport, and in Belfair. Why not at this most dangerous intersection? Especially considering how much the Sunnyslope and surrounding area is growing, with more and more homes being built at McCormick Woods. It’s not going to get any better as the building continues.”
Jim wrote, “ I consider this to be a very dangerous intersection which I fortunately can usually
avoid. Nonetheless, I am interested in any study or proposed action on it. I have looked over the projects and studies on the DOT web site but found no mention. The letter did indicate, however, that a public comment period will expire on Dec. 16. How do I find out
what is being commented on and what type of public information is being south?”
The out basket: Doug Adamson of the Olympic Region of state highways replied, “While WSDOT does not have any major projects currently funded for this intersection, WSDOT traffic engineers plan to have additional signage installed on State Route 3. The signs will be installed before the intersection of Sunnyslope Road Southwest. The yellow signs will give drivers advance notification of the approaching intersection.
“The Dec. 16 deadline specifically applies to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which lists upcoming transportation improvement projects scheduled in the next four years. You can find the news release about the public comment period for the STIP here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news/2016/11/16/looking-future-washington%E2%80%99s-4-year-program-transportation-projects-ready-review.” If you can’t just click on that indecipherable link, just got to www.wsdot.gov and ask for ‘2017-20 transportation improvement’ and the site will come up.
“While there are STIP projects listed for Kitsap County,” Doug continued, “the intersection of SR 3 and Sunnyslope Road is not identified. You can view the project list here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/LocalPrograms/ProgramMgmt/STIP
“The comments related to the intersection of SR 3 and Sunnyslope Road Southwest have been forwarded to regional WSDOT traffic engineers. Unlike the STIP official public comment period, there is no deadline for residents to give us feedback on this intersection or any intersection involving a state highway. People who would like to reach us are able to do so via firstname.lastname@example.org