Highway 305 is Bainbridge’s busiest roadway, thanks in large part to the 1.9 million drivers that use the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal every year.
Highway 305 is also where travelers across the island will find the biggest traffic snarls and most car crashes.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation are currently considering how to spend $36.8 million in state funding for safety and mobility improvements on Highway 305.
Based on statistics from January 2012 through December 2016, officials note that most of the car crashes on Highway 305 between the Bainbridge terminal and Highway 3 in Poulsbo involve rear-end collisions, with the highest rate of side-impact collisions happening at intersections that lack turn lanes or signs, signals or other intersection control elements.
Where, when and why do crashes occur on Bainbridge’s section of Highway 305?
The Review decided to take a look. In this new web series, we’ll gather up information on the most recent accidents, crashes and calamities along 305.
For this week’s synopsis, the following incidents were reported from July 1 through July 15 on the Bainbridge Island Police Crime Log:
• July 6, 2:07 p.m., NE Day Road East at Highway 305;
• July 7, 10:39 a.m., North Madison Avenue NE and Highway 305;
• July 8, 3:17 p.m., High School Road NE at Highway 305; and
• July 10, 12:46 a.m. NE Koura Road at Highway 305.
Investigation reports were available this week for three of the incidents. Here are the details:
2:07 p.m. Saturday, July 6
A 22-year-old Bainbridge Island woman was driving south on Highway 305 in a 1999 Toyota and stopped at the traffic signal at Day Road.
The woman told police she glanced over at her phone when she saw traffic beginning to move. But as she began to go forward, she struck the back of the 2017 Chevrolet Express cargo van that was in front of her.
The driver of the van, a 33-year-old Seabeck man, had not yet moved forward with traffic.
Both vehicles were damaged but neither was towed.
The Bainbridge woman was cited for inattentive driving.
12:46 a.m. Tuesday, July 10
Police responded to a reported car crash on Highway 305 at NE Koura Road.
There, they found a 2016 Audi A3 stuck in the mud in the ditch. All of the vehicle’s side airbags were deployed.
The driver was a 17-year-old Bainbridge Island resident. Police determined he had been traveling on Koura Road and went to make a right turn to go south on the highway. He lost control and went off the road.
The teen was arrested for driving under the influence.
The vehicle was towed and held on a 12-hour impound.
July 8, 3:17 p.m.
A 43-year-old Seattle man in a 2010 Land Rover Range Rover was driving north on Highway 305.
The man wanted to get into the line of cars that was queued for the Bainbridge ferry, and told police he signaled that he was moving left, then steered to the right and tried to make a U-turn across the three lanes of Highway 305.
A car behind the man was a 2003 Toyota Corolla, with a 17-year Poulsbo driver behind the wheel. She told police the man in the Land Rover signaled to turn right, then pulled off the roadway.
As she continued in her lane, the Land Rover then turned to go left in front of her Toyota and she struck the left rear corner of the Land Rover.
Police noted the Seattle man crossed the marked double yellow stripe in the center of the highway to make his U-turn.
The man was cited for making an illegal U-turn.
Neither vehicle was towed, but the Toyota sustained most of the damage in the collision.