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PSE Work on Key Power Towers Starting 9/1 at Agate Pass Could Affect Traffic

Two aging lattice steel towers that carry all of Bainbridge’s power across Agate Pass have “reached the end of their lifespans,” according to PSE Project Manager Barry Lombard. The towers were built in the 1960s and the periodic bolt replacements are no longer enough to ensure their reliability. One of the towers sits on the…

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Ask a Cop: What’s with All the Traffic Stops?

This is the first article in our new series Ask a Cop. Send your questions for the Bainbridge Island Police to We’ll get your answers and post them here. Detective Aimee LaClaire is providing the answers. Dear BIPD: I have some questions about the police and the traffic stops you make. It seems like…

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Madison Avenue Work Begins This Week: City Suggests You Steer Clear

The Madison Avenue Pavement Project officially starts tomorrow, August 12, between High School and Winslow Way, with the delivery of materials, according to Public Works Director Barry Loveless. But the inconvenience to drivers is not expected to begin until Thursday when some work begins on the northern half of the road and flaggers will be…

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Wednesday Speak Your Mind About Pedestrian/ Biking Upgrades to Ferry Terminal

The public is invited to City Council Chambers Wednesday night, July 30, at 7 p.m. to offer feedback on a range of proposed improvements to Olympic Drive near the ferry terminal. These improvements are designed to faciliate cycling and pedestrian traffic through the area. In October the public was invited to give guidance on how…

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Madison Avenue RePave and Major Traffic Interruptions Ahead

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) has scheduled road improvements on Madison Avenue between Winslow Way and High School Road to begin August 4. A core arterial roadway, Madison will get new asphalt and overlay, as well as storm water drainage improvements and new curb ramps at the Wyatt Way intersection. COBI anticipates the work…

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Letter to the Editor: Why We Should Remove the High School/Madison Roundabout

The Bainbridge Island roundabout located at the intersection of Madison Avenue and High School Road is very popular with the locals. The picture attached to Julie Hall’s recent article, To Signal or Not to Signal? Roundabout Rules of the Road, shows it adds to the beauty of the neighborhood, and as the British say, “It keeps…

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To Signal or Not to Signal? Roundabout Rules of the Road

Do you signal when exiting the roundabout at the intersection of High School Road and Madison Avenue? If you do, as you well know, you are in the vast minority. The majority, like Alex Martin, say they never do. Martin hadn’t given it a thought until I asked him. Unscientific, anecdotal observation puts the number…

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WSDOT Mowing on 305: Expect Delays

Expect delays today, June 18, as WSDOT mows along 305 from Poulsbo south to Bainbridge. The work starts around 10 this morning and runs until about 3 p.m. WSDOT says the work may continue tomorrow, June 19, as well, also from 10-3. Photo by Drregor.

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Dangerous Fort Ward Hill Road Situation Involving Fish Farm

At Monday night’s (June 9) Bainbridge City Council meeting during the public comment section, several residents of the Fort Ward Hill Road area brought up with clear emotion their concern about the use of the road by semis bringing food to the American Gold Seafood Fish Farm off South Beach. Kathy Hanson, the Chair of…

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Smile, You’re on Candid Camera: Not Just Another Traffic Study

What’s the story with all the cameras popping up around the Island? Technically your car is what the cameras are looking at, and you don’t actually have to smile or worry about that glob of mayonnaise on your chin from the hasty bite of sandwich you took while stopped at an intersection. The cameras being…

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Police Hold up Traffic on 305? It’s the Annual Torch Run

If you notice a traffic slowdown starting at 7 a.m. today, May 29, on northbound 305, try to keep your irritation in check. It’s most likely caused by Bainbridge Island cops on a mission: They’re part of the 2014 Special Olympics Torch Run and will be launching the Kitsap leg of the statewide event by…

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Council Gets Stuck in Proposed Lynwood Center Roundabout

Barry Loveless, the City Public Works Director, had trouble getting any kind of feedback from the Council Monday night, May 19, when he reviewed intersection study findings for Lynwood Center Road in the area of Baker Hill Road. Like the idea of a roundabout, which was tossed around, the conversation seemed slow and circular. At…

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Let the Road Games Begin: Summer Projects Hit the Pavement

Because of our mild climates, we have some roadwork going on almost all year, but in the spring the projects, the delays, and, inconveniently, also the traffic pick up on Bainbridge, making the delays longer. Here’s what we’ve got going on so far so you can plan alternate routes (except in the cases where all…

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Rockaway Beach Road Closed After Being Hit by Another Small Slide

Yesterday, March 25, Rockaway Beach Road was closed by City of Bainbridge Island officials to all but local traffic after concerns raised by a small mudslide onto the road. Today, the road was hit by another small slide, this one 40 x 50 feet. And then, at about noon, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department reported…

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Due to Concern About a Recent Slide, Rockaway Beach Closed to All but Local Traffic

The City of Bainbridge Island has just announced (March 25) that Rockaway Beach Road is now closed until further notice to all but local traffic. COBI staff are on scene examining the site of a previous small mudslide that happened earlier in the month. In response, the Bainbridge Island School District has announced that Blakely…

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Seawall Construction Detour Now in Effect for Vehicles Using the Seattle Ferry Terminal

Ferry commuters entering and exiting Seattle’s Colman Dock by vehicle are being rerouted because of the ongoing seawall work at the water front. The Seawall Project launched in November of 2013 and is expected to take three years, with changing traffic impacts. Vehicles heading to the terminal are now required to access the toll plaza from the north….

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WSDOT Releases 2012 Traffic Data: Bainbridge Has a Collision on Average Every 2.3 Days

The 2012 Annual Collision Summary, which was just released by the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Statewide Travel and Collision Data Office (STCDO), which gathers collision data for all public roadways throughout the state, reveals some interesting facts about Bainbridge and our county. The data shows that in 2012, there were 155 traffic collisions…

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Blakely Tree Fall

Heavy Rain Begins to Take a Toll: Downed Tree and Wires Across Roads, Small Mudslide

by Sarah Lane with Colleen Byrum Early this morning, March 6, a Madrona tree came down across the road at Blakely Avenue, Blakely Hill Road, and 3T Road on the south end, at the bottom of Halls Hill, blocking the roadway. Flares are out to warn people to slow down. At approximately 6:05 a.m. the Bainbridge…

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Bainbridge Power Pole Replacement Program Will Mean Outages for Some Customers

Have you noticed a big white X on a power pole in your neighborhood? That means it’s been identified as a priority for an upgrade. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has partnered with Potelco, an electric utility contracting firm, to replace old and/or weak utility poles with new sturdier ones around Bainbridge Island. In all, 26…

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Tree Hazard over Highway 305 Near High School Road Causing Stop-and-Go Traffic

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall The southbound lane on Highway 305 approximately a quarter of a mile north of High School Road has been closed to traffic. A relatively small but nonetheless hazardous tree has dropped precariously over part of the Highway. Bainbridge Police Officer Victor Cienega is at the scene directing traffic, alternating…

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