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County closing Little Valley Road to through traffic
POULSBO — Kitsap County Public Works plans to close Little Valley Road at the intersection with State Route 307.
“Little Valley Road is a residential road that was designed for local access,” Public Works traffic engineer Jeff Shea said on the county's website. “With only a couple of homes adjacent to the road we would expect about 30 to 50 vehicle trips per day on that road.”
Little Valley Road extends south from Bond Road/SR 307 to Forest Rock Lane, where it becomes 10th Avenue. Traffic counts indicate the road is currently being used for almost 1,000 trips per day.
“The road was not built to support that volume of traffic,” Shea said. “The road does not meet road standards for that amount of traffic because of inadequate lane width, lack of shoulder, sharp curves, limited sight distance, and a steep grade. Bringing the road up to current road standards to handle that traffic volume is cost-prohibitive. Several collisions have been reported on the road and we have received several complaints about the road’s inadequate design.”
According to the county, the state Department of Transportation supports this action because of the geometrics and collision history at the intersection with the state route.
Public Works completed a comprehensive study of the roadway prior to reaching the decision to close the road. The study is available online. You can comment here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted through April 18.