Jarstad Trail Feasibility Study

Kitsap County and the City of Bremerton are exploring the feasibility of  an approximately 3.1 mile bicycle and pedestrian shared-use path connecting Jarstad Park in the south to Kitsap Lake Road in the north. If built, the shared-use path would provide a primary non-motorized corridor between Central and South Kitsap. Approximately 2/3rd of the proposed route is within the City of Bremerton.

The goal of this Trail Feasibility Study is to examine possible trail alignments, environmental concerns, design and constructability, operational constraints, and the estimated cost of constructing a paved shared-use path. In evaluating the feasibility of a shared-use path some of the following issues are explored:

Users and design criteria: The route and path design must be able to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle users of all ages and abilities. To meet this requirement, the shared-use path would need to meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) design standards including a minimum 10-foot wide path with slopes 5% or less or special designs for slopes between 5% and 8%.

Environmental impacts: Minimize and mitigate potential environmental issues.

Property ownership: The project area is under the ownership of City of Bremerton and a private owner. Both land owners have interested in:

  1. Continued logging operations,
  2. Protection of sensitive environmental areas such as wetlands, creeks, and lakes, and,
  3. Operational concerns such as maintenance, security, trespassing, and liability

Funding options: The most likely source of funding to build and operate the shared-use path would be competitive federal, state, and regional grants.

Existing Conditions: The proposed shared-use path would cross a portion of the City of Bremerton's watershed lands and the Ueland Tree Farm. Click here to see an aerial view of the draft path alignment and the surrounding area.

Explored Alignment Alternatives: Click here to see alternative alignments explored. A draft "Preferred Alternative" alignment is identified. Click here to see the existing slope, by section, on the "Preferred Alternative". Slopes greater than 5% require varying degrees of mitigation to accommodate all users.

Timber Harvest Schedule: The study area is, and will continue to be an active logging area. Click here to see future logging areas.

Existing Road Categories & Potential Trial Types/Sections: Click here to see the characteristics of the existing road conditions and the proposed trail types along the "Preferred Alternative". Click here to see the three types of trail designs.

Schedule: The study is expected to be complete by early spring of 2017. If the project is deemed feasible and cost effective it will be eligible for future funding through joint participation by Kitsap Cou


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