Road work notifications present challenges

The in basket: Patty Kemp writes, “My driveway accesses directly onto Miller Bay Road (in North Kitsap).  For the past several days, there has been road construction at the top of my driveway, often blocking my access.

“Shouldn’t I have received some kind of notification this would be happening, and some indication of when it will end?”

The out basket: Doug Bear, spokesman for Kitsap County Public Works, says, “We don’t generally notify each residence personally when we do road work. For a project like this, which runs along the length of Miller Bay Road and moves in stages, the logistics of personally notifying each resident presents many challenges.

“Work like this is weather dependent and we have to be very flexible with when we can accomplish it. If we told everyone that we were going to be there Tuesday and Wednesday, but due to weather or equipment or crew availability we had to move it to Thursday and Friday, the residents would be misinformed and frustrated by those changes. Road work is always flexible, and even the best laid plan can go south quickly.

“That said, we encourage people to sign up for automatic notifications through The Road Report. We send out a weekly update to subscribers each week to let them know where we plan to be working the following week. When schedules change, we send out notifications for those changes. This allows us to notify the most people as quickly as possible when changes to the plan are necessary. To subscribe go to http://www.kitsapgov.com/pw/roadwork.htm and click on the link to subscribe. The Road Report is the best way to stay ahead of construction detours and delays.”

The Road Report entry for this project says the paving will extend from the Heritage Park to Indianola Road NE) this week. A pilot car will guide motorists through the work area. Expect significant delays of 10 minutes or more in the immediate vicinity of the work. It doesn’t say when the overall project will be completed.

One thought on “Road work notifications present challenges

  1. The easiest thing a resident can do if they see road work equipment in their area and there might be a chance that their driveway might get blocked, is to just take the time and go out to the Foreman on the job and ask them if there is a chance that their driveway is going to be blocked. They will generally let you know if it will. A resident can also ask them to let them know if their driveway will be blocked. Because if it is roadwork being done, it is almost always weather dependent so one day work may get done and the next it wont. So just ask the workers to knock on your door if they are working in front of your house and if you have to leave, then maybe you can move your vehicle to a holding area so that you wont get blocked in. Might be a little inconvenient, but it wont keep you blocked in.

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