Carlsborg traffic study finalized

Without planning around potential traffic impacts, a growing community cannot effectively handle an increased number of vehicles.

For the past two years, Clallam County has been working with a contracted analyst at H.W. Locher Inc. to analyze and model current and future traffic situations in the area, spanning west to Kitchen-Dick Road and east to the Sequim city limits.

“We took into account how things already are and computed what growth will likely come into the area in the next 10 and 20 years to create a likely model of how infrastructure will be impacted by growth,” county transportation program manager Rich James said. “The study also looks at the best potential improvements that can be made to handle traffic issues as well as ways to fund those improvements in the future.”

James said the study assumes a sewer system will be installed and that commercial and residential development will increase as a result.

James and a representative from the contracted analyst, Steve Lewis, will present the plan and its findings at 6 p.m. on June 23 at Sequim Valley Church of the Nazarene, 481 Carlsborg Road.

The Clallam County commissioners are witnessing a lot of activity in the Carlsborg area, with a sewer project in the works, a label of invalidity on its zoning from the state as well as land use and water availability issues, and they want a connection to residents and business owners in the area.

They voted June 17 to re-establish the Carlsborg Community Advisory Council.

“This is going to be community-based opportunity to get input on projects and proposals for the Carlsborg area,” said Commissioner Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness. “We need more outreach to the people affected by these proposals.”

The citizens council was formed in 2001 for a four-year

period to address issues in the area at that time. The new council will have the same representation in the area but will not have an expiration date.

Positions on the council are open to residents of the Parkwood residential area and within the general urban growth area. Business or property owners in the industrial park, the U.S. Highway 101 commercial zone, the village center area and those owning property within the general urban growth area are encouraged to apply as well.

The commissioners will appoint the council members, who will be joined by staff from the county, the Public Utility District, Fire District 3 and the Sequim School District as ex-officio members.

To learn more about Clallam County or to receive an application to become a council member, visit or call 417-2383.

Clallam County will present the results of a two-year traffic study of the Carlsborg area to citizens during a public hearing at

6 p.m. June 23 at the Sequim Valley Church of the Nazarene, 481 Carlsborg Road.

The Clallam County commissioners are taking applications from those interested in becoming members of the Carlsborg Community Advisory Council. The applications can be found online at, in the commissioners’ office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, or through regular or electronic mail, which can be requested at 417-2383.

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