US 101 Improvement-East Sequim Bay Transportation Project
PROJECT UPDATE –
March 13, 2012
The second public
meeting for the Highway 101 Traffic Improvement Project was held
on February 21, 2012 at the Tribe’s Blyn Campus. The meeting was
attended by approximately 50 people. An update on the status of
the project was presented by Tribal staff and the Tribe’s
consulting firm, Parametrix followed by a question and answer
session. The Tribe has stepped back from the proposed
improvements to Highway 101 itself and is now focusing on local
road improvements including a traffic calming project and
asphalt overlay on Old Blyn Highway and an intersection
improvement project on Chicken Coop and Zaccardo Roads. Both of
these projects have the support of the Washington State
Department of Transportation and Clallam County and are
currently being designed. The traffic calming project is fully
funded by the Tribe and is expected to go to construction this
coming summer. The Chicken Coop/Zaccardo Road project does not
yet have construction funding identified and no firm
construction schedule has been identified. Attached for review
are several documents that were requested by those attending the
Items #1, 2, 3
and 4 refer to the entire project. Items #5 and 6
referred specifically to the Old Blyn Highway Traffic
Calming Project and the Chicken Coop/Zaccardo Road
intersection improvements as discussed at the February
JST US101 Phasing Public
- the initial aerial conceptual plan showing the
proposed phasing for the Highway 101 intersection
JST Phase 1 Overview
– an aerial conceptual plan for the Chicken Coop/Zaccardo
Road intersection improvements.
IJR Sept 2009 Final
– a copy of the Interchange Justification Report (IJR)
sent to WSDOT with detailed information re: the Tribe’s
justification for proposing highway improvements.
IJR Amend Draft
– this IJR amendment discusses a change to the Tribe’s
preferred alternative which includes the indirect left
Chicken Coop TrafAnalysis
– traffic analysis prepared to support improvements to
the Chicken Coop/Zaccardo Road intersections.
an aerial conceptual plan for the Old Blyn Highway
traffic calming project
For more information
UPDATE - February 14, 2012
S’Klallam Tribe, together with Washington State Department of
Transportation and Clallam County, is proposing access
improvements to U.S. 101 and other local roadway improvements in
the Blyn area of Clallam County, Washington. The project goal is
to enhance mobility and safety in the area. Please join us on
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 for a presentation on the proposed
improvements from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jamestown
S’Klallam Tribe’s Community Center in the Red Cedar Hall located
at 1031 Old Blyn Highway.
Our consulting firm,
Parametrix, will give a presentation at 6 PM on the status of
the original plan, proposed improvements to the Chicken Coop/Zaccardo
Road intersection as well as improvements to Old Blyn Highway in
the vicinity of the North Tribal Campus facilities. Tribal
staff, WSDOT staff, Clallam County Road Department staff will be
on hand to answer questions after the presentation.
October 7, 2011
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has taken this project back to the
drawing board and re-examined the purpose and scope of the
improvements to Highway 101 as proposed in October of 2010.
Recent efforts included updating the traffic counts and
projections done in 2007 on 101 and the intersecting county
roads. The 2011 counts resulted in a revised and reduced
forecast for future growth.
The Tribe also solicited input from the Washington State
Department of Transportation and Clallam County about the public
comments generated from the 2010 open house. Based on revised
analyses and public comment, these agencies collectively agreed
to put the project as proposed on hold.
Traffic and pedestrian safety remain the focus of road
improvements in Blyn. With these objectives in mind, several
smaller improvement projects are under consideration. Near
term improvements of the Chicken Coop and Zaccardo Road
intersection, always a part of the larger project, can be
accomplished as a stand-alone project. The Tribe is studying the
possibility of combining these two intersections into one,
improving both access to Highway 101 and safety..
additional project involving Old Blyn Highway was identified
during the public comment period. Adding “traffic calming”
structures such as speed tables, rumble strips, landscape
enhancements, speed limit warning signs and pedestrian activated
signs and lights are under serious consideration to address the
speed and volume of traffic in the vicinity of the Tribal
Engineering and permitting plans are being independently
developed for both projects. Pending funding availability and
permitting approvals construction could begin as early as 2012.
public meeting for the Chicken Coop/Zaccardo Road Intersection
project will be forthcoming. For questions, or to schedule a
meeting with Tribal and/or consulting staff, please call Annette
Nesse, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal COO, @ (360) 681-4620.
for your interest in the U.S. 101 Intersection Improvements-East
Sequim Bay project. The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has
been actively involved with considering how to address traffic
safety and mobility concerns in the vicinity of the Tribal
campus facilities in Blyn. Our original intent was to attempt
to decrease the amount of traffic passing by the north Tribal
campus along Old Blyn Highway to offer a safer vehicle and
pedestrian experience for Tribal citizens, staff, local
residents and visitors to the Tribal campus. This objective
included considering new intersections of existing county roads
with Highway 101 as well as proposing a new intersection east of
The preliminary pre-engineering and design scope of work was
developed and then funded in 2005 with BIA Indian Reservation
Road (IRR) funds in the High Priority Projects category of
assistance. Additional work was funded in 2009 to allow the
environmental assessment work to proceed. The Tribe hired the
consulting firm, Parametrix, to begin to develop the project.
The Tribe worked closely with Clallam County, the Washington
State Department of Transportation and the BIA to conduct an
intensive alternatives analysis including 16 different options.
The pros and cons of each were evaluated and the option that
scored the highest was then proposed to the public. The highest
scoring option includes the elimination of direct left turns to
and from US 101 at several intersections and the introduction of
indirect-left turns (i.e., U-turns).
(Click here to see
Map of Alternative 15 Indirect Left Turns - US 101 East
Initial meetings were conducted in July 2010 with landowners
whose property abutted the project. A public open house was
held where the broader community in the Blyn-East Sequim Bay
Road area was individually invited; a public announcement in the
local papers was published as well.
The open house was held on October 6, 2010 with both Tribal and
Parametrix staff on hand to answer questions and address
concerns. A comment form was provided to capture the public’s
view of the proposed alternative. To-date, many written, email
and verbal comments have been received and recorded in the
(Click here for the
Open House Information)
The project is still in the planning phase and we value the
public input to our decision-making process. We are carefully
reviewing the comments we’re receiving and developing options
for addressing the comments. Once we are certain that we’ve
received most comments, we will meet with WSDOT and Clallam
County to strategize next steps. Please understand that, given
the many concerns expressed about the indirect-left turns, this
may take some time.
Summary of Open House Comments
This summary of open house comments is not intended to detail
each and every comment received. Instead, it provides a more
general overview as next steps are considered.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide the public with the
about the road improvements being considered
why these improvements are needed
about the process that led to these proposed improvements and the process still to come
one-on-one with project staff
questions and provide comments to help guide the process
up for updates
about future public involvement opportunities and next steps
The meeting was held from 4 to 7 PM at the Tribe’s
Administrative Building, 1031 Old Blyn Highway. Approximately
84 people signed in, and 30 comment forms and 15 emails have
been received from 39 different individuals as of October 15,
The summary that
follows is based on a review of the comment forms, as well as
emailed comments also submitted.
How did people hear about the meeting?
Roughly two-thirds of
the people who submitted comment forms indicated they heard
about the meeting because of the postcard mailing. Some people
heard about the meeting through neighbors. Very few people saw
the newspaper announcements.
Do people want future updates?
Almost everyone who
submitted comment forms responded that they would like future
What did people say about the meeting format and how information
Only a handful of
people provided comments on this topic. Of those who provided
comments, most were appreciative of the format, information,
location, and staff support. One would have appreciated written
information to take home. Another disagreed with some of the
content, particularly relating to traffic. One person felt that
the schematic of turning movements was deceiving, because it was
not to scale.
Where do most of the people who commented live?
Of the people who
submitted comment forms and provided addresses, over 90 percent
live out East Sequim Bay Road.
What were the most common themes in the comments?
Most of the comments
pertained to proposed turning movements:
70 percent of the people who submitted comments did not like the
idea of indirect left turning movements (i.e., U-turns). Many
of these people felt that indirect lefts would be less safe
because there would be more conflict points. Many of these
people especially wanted to retain left turns from eastbound US
101 to Blyn Crossing and East Sequim Bay Road. Some of these
people felt there has to be a more cost-effective solution.
o An interchange, underpass, or overpass is a better solution than
o A signalized intersection along US 101 is a better solution than
o The better solution is making US 101 four lanes all the way to
o A center turn lane along US 101 is a better solution.
person was concerned about how traffic westbound on US 101 would
turn onto Woods Road.
few people felt that more intersections should be looked at
(e.g., the intersection of Old Blyn Highway with US 101 further
few people were concerned about the ability of bigger vehicles
(e.g., trucks, trailers, emergency vehicles, school buses) to
use the indirect lefts.
· One person was concerned about the occasional visitor’s (e.g.,
tourist) ability to navigate the turns.
people requested that the existing access from East Sequim Bay
to Old Blyn Highway through the tribal campus remain open,
noting that the drive is very enjoyable.
people suggested that there must be a more cost-effective and
simple solution to addressing the issues than what is being
things to consider are effects on or of transit, pedestrian
safety, community culture, ecological resources, access and
transportation during construction, emergency response times, a
compromise of the viewscape and effects on wildlife due to new
lighting, potential speeds along a straighter East Sequim Bay
Road, home businesses, fuel consumption, new impervious
surfaces, and sense of neighborhood.
handful of people felt that there is no need for the project and
that it is being pursued due to tribal interests rather than
What did we hear as we talked to people and what observations
can we make?
people were okay with the realigned East Sequim Bay Road with
two conditions: (1) maintain eastbound left turns from US 101
to Blyn Crossing and East Sequim Bay Road, and (2) maintain
alternative access through the tribal campus, providing traffic
calming if needed.
generally did not like the indirect left turns. Because most of
the meeting attendees live out East Sequim Bay Road, the
addition of a left turn lane from eastbound US 101 at that
location satisfied most people. Other people who would be
affected by the access changes (e.g., along Deer Hawk, Chicken
Coop, Zaccardo) were not represented at the meeting.
Tribal and consultant staff will be meeting with Clallam County
and WSDOT early in 2011 to discuss public comments and determine
next steps. This website will be updated regularly as new
information becomes available. Please feel free to complete a
at any time. Also, project staff is available to answer
(Click here for the comment form)
Lead Tribal Staff
Chief Operations Officer
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Lead Consultant Staff
Happy Longfellow, P.E.