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Tracyton Boulevard report ready
"Speed bumps are probably out, and a dead-end at Barker Creek also is unlikely. But many other options aimed at making traffic on Tracyton Boulevard slower and safer are still on the table. They will be discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Central Kitsap Community Council, scheduled for 6 p.m. in Eagle's Nest Catering on Fairgrounds Road.The Kitsap County Department of Public Works has completed phase one of a study of traffic on Tracyton Boulevard. The report found that the busiest sections of the mostly residential road carry more than 10,000 cars a day, most of which travel above the marked speed limit.It also found that the narrow, winding road, often used as a thoroughfare between Silverdale and Bremerton, was the site of 75 automobile accidents from 1997-99.Monty Mahan, the Public Works official who prepared the report, will discuss its findings with the Community Council, a county advisory board.Public Works conducted a series of meetings with Tracyton residents to discuss problems and possible solutions. Many requested speed bumps, but those traffic calming devices often make roads difficult to traverse for emergency services vehicles like ambulances.But a speed table - similar to a speed bump, but as long as 20 feet - are a promising option, Mahan said. So are modified traffic circles for intersections and abbreviated medians, which Mahan described as a way of giving notice to drivers that you're sharing the road with bicyclists and pedestrians and we're asking you to drive responsibly.The median would be similar to, but much shorter than, those on north Ridgetop Boulevard.Other options include jogging Tracyton Boulevard's straight stretches to cut down on drivers' lines of sight, which theoretically would temper speed; and adding more landscaping to the road, with the help of area garden clubs, which cause a psychological slowdown, Mahan said.Whatever traffic calming takes place, he added, will be based on ideas from Tracytonites.I think it's important to make sure what ever we do is from the residents, so they have ownership in it, Mahan said.After Tuesday's presentation, DPW will conduct a workshop on options for Tracyton Boulevard residents, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Olympic High School cafeteria. Conclusions and recommendations are to be made to the CK Community Council and the Kitsap County Commissioners Oct. 18, with work to begin next spring.I've been told that I can spend between $100,000 and $200,000, Mahan said. We can get the job done with that. "