City's engineering department deems Liberty Road OK for Fishline

POULSBO — There is no reason to perform work on, or bar North Kitsap Fishline from using, Liberty Road, according an investigation by the Poulsbo city engineering department.

The investigation follows a formal complaint by Poulsbo resident Charles Thomas Wenning, filed Dec. 4. Wenning raised concerns over access to homes off Liberty Road. He claimed traffic to and from Fishline would make access for residents and emergency personnel more difficult. Wenning asked the city to deny access to Fishline on Liberty Road, to widen the intersection, and to install a traffic light.

"The Engineering Department has determined that there are no deficiencies that would warrant imposition of conditions related to the complaint on the Fishline project," the memorandum from the department reads. "[A]nd further that there is no legal nexus for the department to impose such conditions were any warranted."

The department's investigation included the involvement of the Poulsbo Fire Department, which tested Liberty Road and other residential roads for ease of use, according to the memorandum. The roads are sufficient for emergency response, the fire department reported.

Liberty Road does not qualify for traffic signals that were requested via Wenning's complaint, according to the memorandum. And between 2001 and 2013, the four reported vehicle collisions near Liberty Road and Viking Avenue were not related to the intersection.

Fishline recently acquired the former Poulsbo RV site for its new location. The nonprofit is expected to move into the new building later this year.


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