The city of Poulsbo is moving into the next phases of road improvements in what is being called the Noll Corridor Project.
The project consists of several road improvements in three sections of the city which Noll Road runs through. The project is set to be completed in November of 2023 and will cost nearly $755,000, much of which will be paid for through state and federal grants
In an effort to secure funding for these improvements the city broke the project up into three segments, South, Middle and North.
Currently, the south segment, which includes Johnson Parkway, is in the construction phase. The middle segment, which aligns with North Kitsap High School, is waiting to obtain Right of Way permits and the North section, which extends just outside city limits, is entering the design phase.
The North segment, the larger portion of the project, was broken into two additional segments, 3A and 3B, again to better secure funding. Segment 3A, located where Noll Road becomes Mesford Road, is a portion of the project that is fully funded. The city is pursuing funding for 3B, which begins at the intersection of Noll Road and 23rd Avenue.
The improvements include widening the road with 11-foot northbound and southbound lanes, a 14-foot shared-use path separated by a 5-foot planting strip curb on one side of the traffic lanes and 6-foot sidewalk on the other.
“We have completed the permitting process for the corridor. We will be going back to update and get extensions on those permits. Preliminary Right of Way plans have been prepared, and we also have a thirty percent design for the entire corridor,” Poulsbo civil engineer Josh Ranes said.
As the north sections enter into the design phase there are some key elements the city is planning, such as redesigning roughly 3,400 feet of roadway and shared-use path as well as designing a compact roundabout at the intersection of Noll and Mesford roads and all the stormwater treatment facilities. Additionally, the city will need to acquire at least 14 individual ROW permits and 19 construction easements from property owners.
“We had some challenges in the south segment with ROW acquisition, and we expect there to be some more challenges as we move into the middle and north segments,” Ranes said. “From when we first started the ROW process many years ago and planning for this project, the federal processes and requirements have increased, and it’s become a little more difficult.”
Part of the reason these processes are moving forward is because the city is working with a consultant from Parametric to help move things along.