What We've Heard

Current traffic conditions on SR 303, between Burwell Street and NE McWilliams Road.

As they travel the corridor, SR 303 drivers pass through many intersections with traffic signals. Some intersections are busier than others, causing drivers to wait longer at signals before moving through. Traffic engineers evaluate intersection operations with a level of service (LOS) grade: LOS A represents an intersection with little delay, while LOS F represents an intersection with long delays where drivers may wait for more than one green light to move through. The City and WSDOT try to operate signals at LOS D or better during peak travel times. This map shows the existing LOS ratings along SR 303.

Collision history on SR 303, between Burwell Street and NE McWilliams Road.

The project team collected SR 303 collision data from 2013 through 2018, revealing two fatalities and several collisions with severe injuries. These collision rates are comparable to similar corridors throughout the state. This map shows collision history on SR 303. The study team will use this info to inform the right solutions.

Community outreach

The project team will develop a set of solutions based on feedback gathered from public outreach and open houses. The City of Bremerton sent out a public survey that resulted in over 150 responses, and over the last year, the project team talked to community members along the corridor and heard.

Here are some of the things we’ve heard:

  • Narrow and uneven sidewalks
  • No safe routes for bikes
  • Traffic signal coordination needs improvement
  • Improved accessibility for people with disabilities at crossings and sidewalks
  • Pedestrian path improvements on the Warren Avenue Bridge
  • Add sidewalks along corridor where there are currently only shoulders
  • Increased illumination along the corridor
  • Add additional crosswalks near Olympic Community College and between Sylvan and Riddell
  • Requests for increased separation or barrier from cars
  • High speed driving concerns
  • Difficult and unsafe to make left turns
  • Corridor is gritty and lacks green spaces

Stakeholder Advisory Group

The project team established a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) representing businesses, community organizations, elected officials and agencies. The SAG will review the study progress, make recommendations and provide key information to help the team find the right long-term solutions. SAG members will share feedback on problems and proposed improvements. We will post all SAG meeting materials to the project website.

Stakeholder Advisory Group members include:

Greg Wheeler, Mayor
Leslie Daugs, Councilor – Council District #2
Dennis Engel, WSDOT
Ariel Birtley, Olympic College
Lynn Wall, Naval Base Kitsap
Ed Coviello, Kitsap Transit
David Forte, Kitsap County
Denise Frey, Bremerton Chamber of Commerce
Megan Moore, Kitsap County Health District.

Corridor Needs Statement

The City of Bremerton and WSDOT are working with the SAG to develop a set of corridor needs to share with the public for comments and refinement. The project team will use the needs statement as a measurement of success for each alternative. Please review the following needs statement and provide your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

Reduce crash potential

Existing data shows multiple serious injury accidents and two fatalities along the SR 303 corridor in the last five years. Based on WSDOT’s Vision Zero goal, as shared by the City and County, and the community’s desire to improve safety, there is a need to reduce crash potential in the study area.

Improve corridor travel time reliability

SR 303 provides a direct connection to downtown Bremerton, the Washington State ferries, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The SR 303 corridor needs to provide reliable travel times for people delivering goods, traveling to work, accessing the ferries, and trying to reach service facilities. People have noted that their travel times can vary considerably from one day to the next and that travel planning can be difficult. Travel time reliability needs to be improved for all modes along the corridor.

Improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity

The SR 303 corridor lacks consistent, delineated pedestrian and bicycle connectivity both along and across the corridor. This lack of connectivity discourages people from walking and biking and creates possible safety issues. Increased levels of connectivity improve safety, equity, are associated with higher levels of physical activity, and improve access to healthcare, goods and services, thereby helping the City meet their goal of improved livability. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity improvements are needed to improve accessibility to transit facilities for improved transit usage along the corridor.

Increase economic investment

The SR 303 corridor is essential to the economic vitality of the region. The existing corridor bisects the community, negatively impacting quality of life, and effecting economic investment. To meet the City’s and County’s growth targets and goals for attracting more businesses and mixed-use development to the corridor, transportation improvements are needed to help spur future investments while providing ease of access for people, local, and regional freight.

Improve access to transit

Kitsap County and the City of Bremerton will experience significant growth in the next 20 years. To meet future needs of the public, Kitsap Transit has identified the SR 303 corridor as its primary high capacity transit corridor for the future. Better active transportation access to transit facilities, as well as improved transit speed and reliability are needed to provide sustainable transit operations, improve regional connectivity, and attract new riders.