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County seeks opinions on roads and transportation10/2/2017

​Kitsap County Public Works is seeking help to assist the County in measuring the Public's satisfaction with the County's road system through an online survey. The survey results will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners to assist in guiding future programs and services.

The County maintains, operates, and improves over 900 miles of roads in unincorporated Kitsap County. The Road Division is divided into three sections; Road Maintenance, Traffic Operations and Transportation Planning, and Engineering. The goal of the Division's work is to develop, operate, and maintain safe and efficient roadways that meet the public's expectations and respect the natural and manmade environment. Funding for these divisions comes from two primary sources, the road levy portion of your property tax and the County's share of the State's motor vehicle fuel tax.

"The survey will help provide input on how funds should be allocated within the County's transportation system," according to Jon Brand, Kitsap County Engineer. "The survey will help us gauge the public's opinion on how well Kitsap County is doing managing the County road system," Brand added.

Each year in the spring, the public is invited to provide input and suggestions for road improvement projects through the Public Works Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Annual Construction Program. Suggested projects go through an extensive vetting process are weighed against available funding prior to being included in the adopted TIP. 

During the adoption process, the Board of County Commissioners conducts formal public hearings for further input. Public input from the survey will help guide this process. To learn more about the TIP program go to https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/projects-construction/project-planning#Roads.

September was National Preparedness Month. To help you prepare for emergencies, the first 50 respondents to the survey will receive a hand crank powered light. After the survey closes November 1, 2017, an additional respondent will be randomly selected to receive an emergency roadside kit. This kit contains a comprehensive set of roadside emergency supplies and features an emergency LED flare, first aid kit, heavy-guage jumper cables, snow shovel, safety vest, and more. You can learn more about preparedness at the County's Department of Emergency Management at  http://www.kitsapdem.org/preparedness.aspx.

Click here to take the survey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and is entirely confidential. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion.

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