District 2 News
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working with stakeholders, including Kitsap County, to examine traffic congestion and future improvements along State Route 16. The project reviews current traffic patterns and congestion points from State Route 3 to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and will recommend future improvements and solutions. Local residents' opinions were sought through a survey, and two open houses were held late last year. Final recommendations are expected in March.
For more information on the project, and to see the results of the survey and open houses, visit www.sr16congestionstudy.com.
As a board member for the Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance (KADA), Commissioner Garrido promotes good, well-paying jobs for Kitsap residents by encouraging aerospace and defense firms to Kitsap County. In June, Commissioner Garrido travelled to the Paris Air Show in France, along with three other KADA representatives, to market Kitsap County as an employment center for aerospace and defense companies. Kitsap's skilled workforce, close proximity to military bases and other manufacturing companies and available land are strong selling points for companies seeking to relocate or expand. A delegation of 63 participants representing Washington state aviation business interests and elected officials joined 2,300 exhibitors from 48 countries in Le Bourget, France for the event, which is the world's largest air show.
Prior to the Air Show, some of the group also travelled to Toulouse, in Southern France, as part of the Pre-Show Business Meeting, to meet with members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, tour the Airbus assembly plant, and participate in panel discussions and forums about challenges to the aerospace industry.