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City could widen Noll study scope

POULSBO — The Noll Road corridor has become a hot spot for new development, and the city of Poulsbo knows it.

As planning continues for a traffic-based analysis of the area, a phase two portion of the plan is being added to the works. If approved by the Poulsbo City Council this month, it would take a closer look at the entire corridor, from State Route 305 to Lincoln Road, and would incorporate the evaluation of additional intersections, regional stormwater facilities, the North Kitsap School District property, Languanet Lane and neighborhood connectivity.

Poulsbo Public Works director Jeff Bauman said the expansion of the study is the answer to concerns of some who wanted an in-depth look into the area, instead of just traffic condition documentation, and a level of service and right-of-way review.

"It was clear as we started into the project that there were a lot of people that felt that was too restricted a view, so we expanded the scope accordingly," he said.

Parametrix will conduct the study. The original contract amount was $78,779 for the project to be completed by June; the revised plan slates the city's cost at $129,088 for the expanded assessment to be finished by August.

Public involvement was incorporated into the study in its beginning stages; further involvement would be added with phase two. There will be at least three public meetings.

Phase two would include a corridor plan that identifies traffic routes, non-motorized facilities, intersection traffic controls, estimated costs and financing and a proposed implementation plan.

The potential for a Languanet and Maranantha lane connection would be evaluated, as well as a preliminary engineering analysis of the Noll Road and SR 305 intersection and Johnson Road and SR 305 intersection. Traffic conditions at Poulsbo Elementary School will also be examined.

Bauman said city staff and the Public Works committee have expressed support for the new plan. It is up for approval by the city council Feb. 13.

"A lot of people are pleased that we're expanding the scope," he said.

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