Tree removal will slow traffic on Highway 305

  • Friday, May 17, 2019 10:23am
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They are down, but they are not out.

That’s set to happen next week.

Work crews will return to Bainbridge Island to remove the trees along the north end of Highway 305 that were cut down in March.

The tree recovery project is expected to create lengthy delays for drivers on Highway 305 on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21.

The highway will be reduced to one-way, alternating traffic with occasional traffic stops during the daytime while the downed trees are removed. Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation said drivers can expect delays of 15 minutes or more.

Crews will be removing the trees near Reitan Road Northeast at milepost 6.8, and officials said safety concerns require that the work occur during daytime hours.

The work is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 20; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Transportation officials are warning drivers to plan for delays and add additional travel time through the area.

Trees next to the highway that were considered hazardous were cut down and left in place along Highway 305 just south of the Agate Pass Bridge in late March.

The logging work created a traffic jam of epic proportions, as some drivers were stranded on the highway for two hours or more during the afternoon commute.

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