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Needs & Benefits
This corridor is located centrally to the City and serves a large number of single-family homes, businesses, military personnel and a school. The project limits begin at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS Base), one the Kitsap County’s largest employers (24,000), and ends at a multifamily zoning. Naval Elementary School, general commercial, and neighborhood business districts are also adjacent to Naval Ave.
Today, Naval Ave is a 5-lane minor arterial (1st St to 11th St), that serves under 10,000 vehicles per day. This corridor section has deficient width sidewalks and various obstructions for ADA. The deficient sidewalk widths do not meet existing and forecasted higher pedestrian demand. There is not a comfort level for bicycles with vehicle speeds at 35 MPH and bicycles share the lanes with vehicles.
After analysis and study, the City of Bremerton will use a Road diet to provide enhancements to the corridor. Road diets offer us a cost-effective way to reduce traffic collisions, make walking and cycling safer, stimulate economic activity, and encourage residents to use alternative modes of transportation instead of driving. The successful use of road diets across the state demonstrate the efficacy of this approach. This is a way to enhance the quality of life in our community with this tool.
This Non-Motorized project will take Bremerton to the next level as a catalyst reflecting the City vision. The project is a product of the Plan vision “of a fully developed bicycle/pedestrian system over the next 20 years, serving residents, commuters, shoppers, and visitors alike. A complete bikeway and walkway network will increase connections within the community, increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school and promote the health of Bremerton residents by making walking and bicycling safe, comfortable, and attractive travel modes.”
The End Result
This design project will produce a 100% level Design (ready for construction) that will reconfigure the corridor for a road diet providing bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and removal of ADA barriers. Project includes: pavement resurfacing, bike lanes, boxes, and detection, wider sidewalks, signal timing and phasing, intersection treatments, curb bulbs, wayfinding signage, pavement markings, and modified storm drainage. Additional project work is a feasibility study of roundabouts at major intersections of Naval Ave.