This is State Route 104 and the Hood Canal
Floating Bridge which carries about seventeen thousand vehicles per day. Located near the west end of the bridge is
the intersection of SR 104 with Paradise Bay Road and Shine Road. The history of collisions at this location
has prompted WSDOT to study the intersection more closely. We considered the safety needs, traffic volumes
and operational efficiencies to determine an appropriate solution. As a result of this study, a metered, single-lane
roundabout will be built to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion while increasing
safety. A roundabout design was chosen because under
normal traffic levels it will promote slower speeds at the intersection, which will allow
cross traffic from Paradise Bay Road and Shine Road to easily enter SR 104. Because of the close proximity of the Hood
Canal Floating Bridge, when the draw span is opened to accommodate marine traffic, motorists
on SR 104 can be backed up for several miles on both sides of the bridge. Afterwards, when the draw span is closed and
vehicles can start using the bridge again, the heavy flow of traffic on SR 104 makes
it difficult for motorists to easily enter SR 104 from Paradise Bay Road and Shine Road
at the current intersection. To relieve this situation, the new meters
will create gaps in the SR 104 traffic flow to allow motorists from Paradise Bay Road
and Shine Road to easily enter the new roundabout. The meters will only be activated when there
is enough traffic on SR 104 and there are vehicles present on Shine Road or Paradise
Bay Road. At this location, by choosing to build a roundabout
that can accommodate even the largest legal loads, including semis, WSDOT is improving
safety by promoting lower speeds and continuous traffic flow. By choosing to meter this roundabout, we will
help alleviate congestion on Shine Road and Paradise Bay Road during peak times and during
SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge openings to marine traffic. Thanks for watching!