City News Bytes: Bundled Madison Ave Project, ‘Slow on Grow Avenue Traffic Calming, City EV Fleet, SR305 Roadwork, Downtown Parking, BI Nominated 2024 Best Small Town, and Fix our Ferries Meeting with Rep. Greg Nance

March 2024 Bundled Madison Ave Project image courtesy of COBIBundled Madison Ave Project

City Council approved a construction contract for the Bundled Madison Avenue Non-Motorized & Sewer Improvements Project. The project will replace the existing roadway surface and sewer force main (High School Road to New Brooklyn Avenue), install dedicated/revised existing bike lanes, pedestrian ramps, driveways, and landscaped buffers, and implement traffic calming between Winslow Way and SR 305.

A copy of the plans can be found on the City’s project website. The project construction schedule is not yet determined but is anticipated to start in April and extend through November. The Public Works Department will be developing a communications plan for residents who are directly and indirectly impacted.

March 2024 Grow Traffic Circle rendering courtesy of COBI‘Slow on Grow’ Avenue Traffic Calming

At their regular meeting on February 27, 2024, the City Council approved a plan for traffic calming measures that will address day-to-day traffic speeds on Grow Avenue and serve to mitigate traffic speeds associated with any “spillover” traffic associated with the upcoming Madison Avenue reconstruction project. Grow Avenue was identified through the City’s 2021 Neighborhood Traffic Calming and Safety Project as a priority corridor for traffic calming with a focus on the area along Grow Avenue between High School Road and Wyatt Way. The proposed plan was developed in coordination with residents of Grow Avenue and has been made available for community input on the City’s project website.

The project is anticipated to be implemented in the April-May timeframe.

$63,000 Grant Awarded for City Fleet EV Charging Stations

The City received $63,000 as part of the Washington Electrical Vehicle Charging Program (WAEVCP) through the Washington State Department of Commerce. Grant funding will be used to install EV chargers and electrical equipment at City Hall and the Ted Spearman Justice Center in support of City fleet electrification efforts. At the completion of this project, City Hall will have two EV charging stations capable of charging four vehicles at a single time as well as three “stub outs” which will enable to City to install three additional charging stations in the future to keep up with charging demand. Charging stations at City Hall will be utilized by City fleet EV’s. Two charging stations capable of charging four vehicles at a single time will be installed at the Justice Center. Charging stations at the Justice Center will be utilized by Police EV’s.

The City’s fleet currently has three electric vehicles, two located at City Hall and one used by the Police Department. Additional electric fleet vehicles are expected to be delivered in 2024.

March 2024 SR305 Road Delays image courtesy of COBISR 305 Road Work – Roundabout at Adas Will Lane

State Route 305 will see heavy congestion on the north end of Bainbridge Island due to the roundabout construction project at Seabold/Adas Will Lane next week (March 5-8) that will require one-way alternating traffic (with flaggers). While most work will occur during nighttime hours, crews need to work during daytime hours on Wednesday, March 6th to build a two-lane bypass road through the work zone. Night work (8pm to 5am) is scheduled for March 5-8 and March 11-12.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 6, there will be especially heavy congestion as a result of single lane alternating traffic in the area.

Crews will provide 2-way traffic on March 6th from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate commuter traffic typically seen during those times. There will be a number of traffic changes through the work zone, so COBI and WSDOT need help from travelers:

  • Add extra travel time to help prevent delays especially for those traveling to the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal.
  • Consider postponing discretionary trips.
  • Travel early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
  • Reduce speeds and stay alert for changes in traffic patterns and sudden speed reductions.

It is also important to note two additional items specifically related to traffic in and out of Adas Will Lane.

  • Access to and from Adas Will Lane onto SR 305 will utilize flagging to assist vehicles in and 
  • There may be brief periods during the work that a right out (southbound) will be the only option for vehicles exiting from Adas Will. 

March 2024 Downtown Parking signs image courtesy of COBIDowntown Parking Updates

Various Bainbridge Island parking programs were discussed at the February 27 City Council meeting. After the discussion, City Council directed the City Manager to:

  • Conduct public outreach and commence enforcement of unsanctioned parking programs.
  • Authorize staff to propose updates to the parking municipal code.
  • Consult with State Recreation and Conservation Office to update parking requirements for boat-trailer parking.

 

Employee Parking at 625 Winslow Way:

Fencing has gone up around the 625 Winslow property (old Police Station) while the site is vacant, consequently, a few parking spaces at that location currently in the Employee Parking Program for downtown businesses, will be fenced off. Permit holders can park in the other employee parking program locations found on a map here.

March 2024 USA Today Best Small Town image courtesy of the BI Chamber of CommerceBainbridge Nominated: 2024 Best Small Town in the West

Bainbridge Island has been nominated in USA Today’s 2024 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards as a contender for Best Small Town in the West, which just launched.

The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at the link below. What is the Best Small Town in the West for 2024? (usatoday.com)

 

Rep. Nance to Hold Town Meeting to Fix Our Ferries

Join Representative Greg Nance at the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center Saturday, March 9th from 1:00 – 3:00pm for a presentation and Q&A session to help Fix our Ferries

March 2024 Greg Nance Fix our Ferries Meeting image courtesy of COBI 

*Images courtesy of the City of Bainbridge Island and the BI Chamber of Commerce

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