Shipyard Shortcut Route May be Cut Off

The in basket: In March of 2005, John Jurgens wrote to suggest a solution to one of the irritations of leaving Bremerton during the shipyard rush.
There are a lot of vehicles turning right at the light at Charleston Beach Road and
coming down to merge right at the old Jensen’s market,” he said then. I notice they’re still doing it.
“They are just doing that to jump ahead of the traffic and all it does is slow down everybody,” John wrote.


The in basket: In March of 2005, John Jurgens wrote to suggest a solution to one of the irritations of leaving Bremerton during the shipyard rush.
There are a lot of vehicles turning right at the light at Charleston Beach Road and
coming down to merge right at the old Jensen’s market,” he said then. I notice they’re still doing it.
“They are just doing that to jump ahead of the traffic and all it does is slow down everybody,” John wrote.
“I understand that when Cliff’s (Cycle Center) moves that the road will be realigned and run parallel to Highway 304,” he said. “Also there will be no direct access to 304 from Charleston Beach Road anywhere but at the Missouri light.” For newcomers, that’s the first light coming into Bremerton from Gorst, so named because it’s where the USS Missouri was berthed in the mothball fleet for many years.
He said he asked the city engineers office “if there was
any way the city could close it off right now,” he said then. “There are no businesses that need to use that portion of road and it will eventually be closed off when
the project is finished.” But the city said no, he said.
The out basket: Well, John may finally get his wish. Kitsap County, which has authority to close off that road because it lies just outside the city, may barricade it just short of where the ‘cycle business is now, spokesman Doug Bear says.
If they do, and it’s not sure they will, anyone turning onto Charleston Beach Road at the light would have to double back and get back into highway traffic.
The plan is to leave the access at Cliff’s open to the highway, as well as the one farther down near the coffee joint that is always advertising reduced price drinks to military folks, whether the county decides to erect the barricade or not.
The city’s ultimate plan (it’s the lead agency on the four-phase Gateway project so has a say over the road in that context), is to fence all highway traffic off from the businesses along the highway, eliminating the need for the left-turn lane, and adding an HOV lane outbound. The only way to reach those business would be by turning at the Missouri light and using Charleston Beach Road. That could happen next year.

One thought on “Shipyard Shortcut Route May be Cut Off

  1. The road closest to where 304 splits to the north and south on ramps can be
    used for legitimate uses as well. I use it quite often from Kitsap way (via
    National) since that close to the on ramps on 304 there are more gaps to
    pull in to and drivers are usually more considerate than the traffic on 3
    from Kitsap Way or Autocenter Way.

    I also know people that will cut up 1st street from 304/Callow (whatever it
    is there by Burwell) and then connect to National from there by the school
    and get down just because after 4p.m. that’s quicker than going through the shipyard
    bus traffic at the Missouri gate.

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