Engineering > SR305/Johnson Parkway-South Segment Noll Road Construction Project
January 19, 2021
- City of Poulsbo Press Release regarding the SR305/Johnson Parkway Roundabout Centerpiece artopens PDF file .
- Details regarding the SR305/Johnson Parkway Roundabout Centerpiece art plan can be found here.
- The contractor will begin clearing in preparation for construction of the bypass road this week.
- Concrete barriers are in place to protect the workzone.
- As of January 18, 2021, access to SR305 from lower Johnson Way is temporarily closed for the duration of the roundabout construction. Resident access will be maintained.
- Utility relocation will continue within the construction zone. Resident access will be maintained.
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What is happening? Why is it happening?
SR 305 & Johnson Road Intersection: A roundabout at the intersection of Johnson Road and SR305 is being built to improve traffic mobility and to provide safer access to SR305. Also included is the construction of a non-motorized tunnel crossing to provide the only separated pedestrian and bicycle crossing of SR305. This tunnel will provide a connection between two significant non-motorized routes that will provide over 7 miles of safe, comfortable, ADA accessible and anxiety free bicycling, walking, and running opportunities. Upgraded transit stops near the roundabout and Rectangular Flashing Beacons (RRFB’s) will also provide safer transit access.
South Segment Noll Road: A newly constructed road (Johnson Parkway) will connect South Noll Road traffic to the new roundabout. The newly built Johnson Parkway will provide a safe connection between east and west for schools, neighborhoods, and regional non-motorized networks.
Non-motorized Accessibility: A 14-foot wide shared use path is being built alongside the newly built Johnson Parkway, extending from Lemolo Shore Drive to the intersection of Noll Road. This new shared use path will provide a safe connection to existing schools, Lemolo Shore Drive, and future regional Sound to Olympics trail. Many citizens choose to live close to Poulsbo because of less expensive and more accessible housing that is also close to commercial and recreation amenities. This shared use path will provide improved connectivity for housing located in the area near the North Kitsap School District campus. It will also improve mobility options by providing a safe, all weather, illuminated bike and pedestrian path that connects to transit and other local centers.
Bjorgen Creek: Replacement of the final fish barrier on Bjorgen Creek with a 14-foot wide fish friendly box culvert will improve fish passage for a variety of salmon species in North Kitsap County. Bjorgen Creek is a perennial stream in Water Resources Inventory Area 15 East that feeds into NE-Si-Ka Bay near the mouth of Liberty Bay. The creek drainage supports steelhead, chum, and Coho salmon, as well as cutthroat trout. The long-term benefits of replacing the existing culvert are restoration of fish passage and natural stream channel processes. Removing fish-passage blockages will restore the connectivity of Bjorgen Creek within its watershed. This will allow fish access to areas critical for fulfilling their life history requirements, especially foraging, spawning, and rearing. Approximately 2,500 feet of stream habitat are potentially available upstream once the fish-passage blockage has been replaced.
Public Art & Landscaping: New roadside landscaping and public art will welcome residents and visitors to the City of Poulsbo.
How will this affect traffic on SR305?
The contractor will continuously maintain two lanes of traffic on SR305. Delays caused by occasional periods of flagged traffic control should be expected. The construction zone will have a temporary speed reduction to 35mph along SR305. Please plan ahead and we thank you in advance for your patience as we move into construction.
Why a Roundabout?
A roundabout at this intersection offers the greatest safety opens in a new window benefit by reducing the potential for severe collisions, while improving connectivity and economic development opportunities along the corridor.
Studies have shown that roundabouts opens in a new window are safer than traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersections. The Federal Highway Administration determined that roundabouts increase traffic capacity by 30 percent to 50 percent compared to traditional intersections.
The End Result
Improving access to SR 305 will help to ensure the safety of the traveling public through this stretch of highway and will promote economic vitality in the region.
- Improve mobility and safety at two intersections with a history of injury accidents
- Connects local and regional non-motorized networks
- Improve access to housing and reduce accidents and congestion
- Enhance local and regional non-motorized systems that provide healthy transportation options
- The City advertised for project construction bids April 16, 2020 with a submittal deadline of May 22, 2020
- The City Council authorized the award of the contract on June 10, 2020 to the lowest responsive bidder, ACI-Active Construction Inc., for $15,323,323.
- Construction will begin mid-January 2021.
- The project is expected to be completed within a year and a half of construction start
SR305 Roundabout Centerpiece Art
The City of Poulsbo solicited for an artist to create a site-specific original artwork centerpiece for our new roundabout being constructed on Johnson Parkway/SR 305. This centerpiece will welcome all who enter the Southern gateway to the City. See the link below for more information.
Project Art Plan
The City and WSDOT have created an Art Plan for the Johnson Parkway/SR305 Roundabout project. The Art Plan is required for elements within the WSDOT ownership and visibility. The artwork for the project will welcome residents and visitors to the City of Poulsbo. The chosen artwork and landscape elements will reflect Poulsbo’s eclectic character and community charm and its spectacular location with views of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Grant Funding Sources
- $3.4 million in federal transportation funding has been recommended by the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council for the new roundabout and new Noll Road South Segment alignment, to include the roadway from Johnson Road to Storhoff Road
- $2.2 million STP grant for design and right of way acquisition
- $1.35 million grant for the construction of the tunnel
- $1.5 million TIB grant for construction
- $5 million Connecting Washington grant for the construction of the roundabout
This project is the result of extensive public involvement including:
- 1992 Noll Corridor Transportation Study Final Report (Bell-Walker)
- 2006-2009 Noll Corridor Study –Executive Summary opens in a new windowopens PDF file
- 2016-2018 SR305 Needs and Opportunities Study-download here opens in a new windowopens PDF file
- 2019 Right of Way Certification completion
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