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Glenwood Road work staging draws questions

The in basket: Judy Runquist writes, “Approximately two weeks ago they (the county?) dug up the outside half of the north- and southbound lanes of Glenwood Road between Lider Road and the left-turn lane to stay on Glenwood Road.

“They have put out signs which say bump at each end of the mess, grooved pavement, and motorcycle caution. This work has left less than half of a paved lane each way.

“In addition,” she said, “pot holes have developed on each side at the south end of the Glenwood turn lane. The pot holes are large enough to cause tire damage.

“Why didn’t they pave the road at the time of the rip out? It couldn’t have been a weather issue as it was nice and sunny but not extremely hot. Now the rains have come, which I expect would impact paving work.”

The out basket: Jacques Dean, Kitsap County road superintendent,  says, “County crews have completed preparatory asphalt repairs on Glenwood Road, between Lider Road and Lake Flora Road, in advance of a scheduled pavement overlay. The preparatory work included removal and replacement of badly degraded portions of asphalt, milling of outside lane lines on both sides of the roadway, and milling of each end of the planned project.

“This project will pave only the driving lanes and not shoulders, as the shoulders are in good condition and not subject to typical traffic loading. Milling the edge lines and project ends will allow for a smooth transition between existing asphalt and new asphalt, once the new overlay is applied.

“Glenwood Road was scheduled to be paved on Tuesday, 9/6, but has been delayed due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for this Tuesday or Wednesday, again weather permitting.”

Fatalities on Glenwood Road prompt past and future improvements

The in basket: Christine Larsen of Lake Helena Road writes, “My concern is about Glenwood Road (in South Kitsap). With the death on that road (in November), I have counted at least 7-8 deaths in separate accidents of mostly young people since I moved here in 1997. That just seems like a high rate for a country road. Every time it happens, I wonder if someone is going to look into why it’s so frequent.
“I’d be very interested,” Christine said, “to breakdown the causes of the fatalities on Glenwood in the last 20 years or so and attempt to determine what the dangerous factors are. Obviously speed is one of them. I am guessing the curvy road and large trees are another, but is there anything else that these accidents have in common?
Also curious if the road department has any idea of what could help. Barriers on corners? A safer wall than the large brick one where Glenwood T’s with Lake Flora? Slower speeds? More warning signs?”
The out basket: Jeff Shea, traffic engineer for Kitsap County, which owns the road, says, “We have collision records back to 1992.  Between then and now our records show nine fatal collisions with 10 fatalities along the eight miles of Glenwood Road.  This does not include the most recent collision.

“’Had been drinking’ was noted on the collision report for six of the nine reported collisions.  Excessive speed was also listed on some of them.  Five of the collisions were run-off-the-roads at curves and straightaways, and only one of those didn’t involve alcohol. Two collisions involved a motorist pulling out in front of another vehicle, and in both of those cases alcohol was involved.

“Except for the Lake Flora intersection, there is no other location where more than one fatal collision occurred.

In 2004 and then again in 2009 motorists failed to stop for the Lake Flora stop sign and fatally crashed into the concrete block wall. Neither driver had been drinking. There were no skid marks noted on the collision reports, so there is no indication the drivers made an attempt to stop before hitting the wall.

“The intersection has a large conspicuous stop sign and advanced warning stop ahead sign, along with street lighting at the intersection. Since the drivers died at the scene, it was impossible to determine why they missed the stop sign.

“The block wall is there to support a large cut slope on which a house sits not too far from the wall.  Cutting the slope back significantly would require moving the house.

“Furthermore, I am not certain we could build a wall of any material that would prevent a fatality if struck by a car going 40 mph.”

Glenwood Road is listed on the county Transportation Improvement Program for $2.6 million in improvements to include widening it, paving its shoulders and intersection improvements, between Wildwood and JH roads, to be done in 2016.

Previous work, in 2004, was done between JH Road and Lider Road, included widening of the travel lanes to 12 feet, eight-foot shoulders, six feet of which are paved, some flattening of rises in the travel lanes, and a two-way turn lane between Lake Flora and Lider. It included storm water management and fish passage enhancement work, too.

“Every two years we evaluate our collision records and determine trouble spots,” Jeff said. “We evaluate the high accident locations for safety improvements such as signs, lighting and guardrail just to mention a few safety measures we use.”


Glenwood Road block wall could be made safer, says reader

The in basket: Howard Highland of South Kitsap writes, “I live near the end of Glenwood Road (where) there is a big block wall and a stop sign.  So far, we have lost two young boys on this wall.

“The county has done nothing so slow the impact of the cars hitting this wall,” he said. “It seems to me barrels filled with water could help to save a life.

“I would love to see something done to stop the impact and save a few  young boys,” he concluded.

I asked Kitsap County Public Works  if they are aware of the deaths and about the practicality of Mr. Highland’s suggestion.

The out basket:  Jeff Shea, county traffic engineer, says, “We are aware of the fatalities at this location. During the last five years, the only collision at that location is that fatality collision.

“Safety improvements are expensive, and we use the limited funds available in areas where there is a history of collisions, and where improvements reduce the frequency of collisions. The severity of this single accident, while tragic, was not a result of safety concerns at this location.

“We continue to review collision histories to ensure safety improvements are made in areas that need them most,” Jeff said.