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Our Transportation infrastructure is extremely important to all aspects of our lives and includes local roads, State Highways, trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, parking lots, and transit routes.

The purpose of the Transportation Element is to analyze current conditions and plan for future use for both motorized and non-motorized vehicles, and pedestrian travel in coordination with the State Department of Transportation.

These are the goals relating to transportation in the Comp Plan:

1. Provide a safe, convenient, efficient and integrated highway and arterial system for the movement of people and goods, one that is functionally well maintained, reflects local environment, and meets the demands of the future.

2. Promote a coordinated and integrated public transportation system available to all residents, guests, and those without personal transportation options in Jefferson County.

3. Provide safe, accessible and convenient routes, trails, parking facilities, trail heads, and other amenities that promote the use of non-motorized travel in a manner that is integrated with other forms of transportation.

4. Encourage land use types, mixes, and densities that promote efficient multi-modal transportation systems.

5. Provide additional roadway aesthetic features that are consistent with surrounding land use.

6. Ensure that the transportation system in Jefferson County encourages the efficient movement of goods, services and passengers and is integrated with the statewide system.

7. Ensure that the Jefferson County Transportation Plan reflects public desire and is coordinated and consistent with the plans of state, regional, and local governments.

8. Ensure that transportation planning includes extensive opportunities for public involvement.

9. Promote demand management programs as a means of reducing traffic, minimizing environmental impacts, and optimizing existing transportation investments.

10. Provide transportation facilities and services that are energy efficient, protect and enhance the environment, and preserve the existing residential quality of life.

11. Develop a transportation improvement program that is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.

 

Copy and paste the goal that stands out to you the most. Why is it important to you?

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Jon Garrison almost 2 years ago

The most important issue to me is bike lanes and bike trails as related to: "1. Provide a safe, convenient, efficient and integrated highway and arterial system for the movement of people and goods, one that is functionally well maintained, reflects local environment, and meets the demands of the future."

My wife and I bicycled from Port Townsend to San Diego in 2014 and the most dangerous part of that entire 2400 mile trip was the stretch of Highway 20 between Discovery Bay and Adelma Beach. It is a very dangerous section of the otherwise beautiful and safe Olympic Discovery Trail that is used by a lot of bikers and needs to be addressed.

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Philip Vogelzang over 1 year ago

I agree. The first issue listed is the most important to me. As small business owners at the Chimacum intersection, we see first hand how important a safe, efficient intersection that moves both motorized and non-motorized people and goods is. Chimacum is the hub of our local food movement. Helping connect our farmers with those who travel thru the intersection would really help grow our local ag community.

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Philip Vogelzang over 1 year ago

I agree. The first issue listed is the most important to me. As small business owners at the Chimacum intersection, we see first hand how important a safe, efficient intersection that moves both motorized and non-motorized people and goods is. Chimacum is the hub of our local food movement. Helping connect our farmers with those who travel thru the intersection would really help grow our local ag community.

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Katy McCoy over 1 year ago

Absolutely our transportation system needs to be maintained, safe, efficient and well planned. Maybe I’m naive, but for my purposes, our roads actually seem pretty good on the peninsula.

It’s goals #2 and #3, promoting public and non-motorized transportation, that inspire me the most. If we don’t make a stand against the status-quo, the default will be to build more plentiful and bigger roads at the expense of our planet and our quality of life.

I personally am very excited about the goal of creating a network of non-motorized trails for our area. It’s not too far of a reach seeing them all connect up around Chimacum, making these parts an even more special place to live than it already is.

I agree with others that connecting the Larry Scott Trail to the remainder of the Olympic Discovery Trail is critical, it being the most dangerous segment of the whole trail. In my ideal world I’d love to see it leave the shores of Discovery Bay and come inland closer to Chimacum, but short of that I’d like to see a spur or safe route that connects it to the trail system in and around Chimacum. When I think of the bike tourist of the future, biking from Port Townsend to La Push, they are going to want to visit a variety of terrain. To miss the beautiful agricultural Center Valley and the vibrant farming community associated with it would be a shame.

In Chimacum, the Rick Tollefsen trail is already underway, which will connect Chimacum Grange to the Bab Bates Little League Park in Port Hadlock with proposals to connect it to the Jefferson County Library, the lower Hadlock waterfront, and Irondale Beach Park. I’d like to see the trail system one day extend south too. I can imagine a trail from the Grange that goes through Jefferson Land Trust’s Chimacum Commons property to Chimacum’s main intersection, go south through Finnriver to Red Dog Farm and then somehow connect, probably via a stretch of Center to a future trail system on Chimacum Ridge and from there possibly to Port Ludlow.

As an aside, Chimacum will also be on one of the 11 National Scenic Trail Routes in planning which will extend from Glacier National Part to Cape Alava, sharing the Eaglemount section of the route with the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Superimpose all these trails on the same map and you see Chimacum having the potential to be a very exciting hub of non-motorized travel. Besides improving the quality of life for our locals, it would no doubt end up attracting visitors from around the world bringing their outside dollars with them.

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