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Not so fast on Gluds Pond closure

A planned closure of Gluds Pond Road at its connection with Brownsville Highway has been delayed.

The Kitsap County Commissioners, who were asked to close the road by state officials and local residents, initially planned to approve the closure on Monday, Feb. 25, but it was pulled from the agenda.

Commissioner Tim Botkin said a public meeting would be scheduled sometime in the next two or three weeks, though no date had been set as of Wednesday, Feb. 27.

“We felt we should officially publish that we are doing this and have a hearing on it,” Botkin said.

Kitsap County Department of Public Works officials had planned to place a guardrail at the Brownsville Highway end of the road, remove some pavement and convert the road into a cul-de-sac for use by nearby residents. The work would be in conjunction with a state Department of Transportation project designed to reduce accidents on State Route 303.

“That intersection has a high accident rate and some have been fairly nasty” as motorists attempt to cross two lanes of oncoming traffic to go southbound on SR303, Botkin said.

Motorists would be diverted to a nearby traffic signal at the intersection of SR303 and Brownsville Highway.

The closure also could mean future improvements for the south fork of Steele Creek. A proposal would cut out a portion of Gluds Pond Road, eliminating a culvert that hinders spawning salmon going upstream during the fall and smelts headed downstream during spring.

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