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Second SR 3 meeting is set to rev up next week

POULSBO — After three months of waiting, members of the public will get to see the preliminary outcomes of a March planning meeting for State Route 3.

And another chance to speak their minds.

The second of three public meetings on the route development plan (RDP) for SR 3 from the State Route 305 interchange in Poulsbo to State Route 104 near the Hood Canal Bridge will take place from 6-8 p.m. June 24 in the Breidablik Elementary School gym.

The plan, being undertaken by the state, Kitsap County and City of Poulsbo, will document projects that could or should take place along the route in the next 20 years. Items included on the RDP will eventually become eligible for state funding.

An initial public meeting kicking off the RDP process for SR 3 was held in March. Since then, a stakeholders group including representatives from agencies, jurisdictions and organizations in the area, have met twice. Using the likes and dislikes listed by community members at the first gathering, the group developed a set of visions and goals for the route. Stakeholders also reviewed information on the route like accident data and current and future traffic projections. From its studies, the committee came up with a list of improvements for WSDOT staff to consider.

Thursday’s meeting will include a short presentation by a representative of the Washington State Patrol about how speed limits are set.

“We’ve had a number of community members and stakeholders comment on speed limits, so we wanted to have this information,” said study coordinator Lynn Hakes of the Washington State Department of Transportation Olympic Region Planning Department.

After the WSP discussion, meeting attendees will be given an opportunity to browse staffed stations with information on areas like:

•The study and its progress

•Accident history along the route

•Current and anticipated traffic conditions along the route

After the informational period, ample time will be given for citizens to voice their opinions.

“We’ll be taking suggestions from the public and the stakeholders and evaluating them,” Hakes explained. “The stakeholders came up with a criteria against which we can judge those proposals.”

The third and final public meeting has not yet been scheduled but the stakeholders committee will next meet in August.By CARRINA STANTON

Staff Writer

POULSBO — After three months of waiting, members of the public will get to see the preliminary outcomes of a March planning meeting for State Route 3.

And another chance to speak their minds.

The second of three public meetings on the route development plan (RDP) for SR 3 from the State Route 305 interchange in Poulsbo to State Route 104 near the Hood Canal Bridge will take place from 6-8 p.m. June 24 in the Breidablik Elementary School gym.

The plan, being undertaken by the state, Kitsap County and City of Poulsbo, will document projects that could or should take place along the route in the next 20 years. Items included on the RDP will eventually become eligible for state funding.

An initial public meeting kicking off the RDP process for SR 3 was held in March. Since then, a stakeholders group including representatives from agencies, jurisdictions and organizations in the area, have met twice. Using the likes and dislikes listed by community members at the first gathering, the group developed a set of visions and goals for the route. Stakeholders also reviewed information on the route like accident data and current and future traffic projections. From its studies, the committee came up with a list of improvements for WSDOT staff to consider.

Thursday’s meeting will include a short presentation by a representative of the Washington State Patrol about how speed limits are set.

“We’ve had a number of community members and stakeholders comment on speed limits, so we wanted to have this information,” said study coordinator Lynn Hakes of the Washington State Department of Transportation Olympic Region Planning Department.

After the WSP discussion, meeting attendees will be given an opportunity to browse staffed stations with information on areas like:

•The study and its progress

•Accident history along the route

•Current and anticipated traffic conditions along the route

After the informational period, ample time will be given for citizens to voice their opinions.

“We’ll be taking suggestions from the public and the stakeholders and evaluating them,” Hakes explained. “The stakeholders came up with a criteria against which we can judge those proposals.”

The third and final public meeting has not yet been scheduled but the stakeholders committee will next meet in August.

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