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SR 3/SR 303 interchange detours continue

The State Route 3 on-ramp off Waaga Way will be closed for a week beginning Monday as crews continue construction on the new SR 3/SR 303 interchange. - Photo by Jesse Beals
The State Route 3 on-ramp off Waaga Way will be closed for a week beginning Monday as crews continue construction on the new SR 3/SR 303 interchange.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Beginning Monday, July 23, the northbound State Route 3 on-ramp off Waaga Way will be closed so construction crews can begin paving on the new ramp.

“We are reconstructing the ramp,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Project Engineer Brenden Clarke. “The ramp will be closed the entire week.”

A signed detour will be in place during the ramp closure directing traffic to use the SR 3 northbound on-ramp from Clear Creek Road. Although the ramp is scheduled to close on Monday, the work is dependent on favorable weather. If crews are able to work continuously throughout the week, the ramp is scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 30.

“The new ramp is in the same location but at a different angle to tie into the interchange,” Clarke said.

Traffic also is now being diverted through the interchange with the closure of a small portion of Clear Creek Road where it meets State Route 303.

The construction is part of a project that will help improve the traffic flow by directly connecting SR 3 and SR 303. This new interchange, paired with the widening of the Kitsap Mall overpass and Clear Creek Road that took place in May, will move more vehicles through the new SR 3/SR 303 interchange and create less traffic delays.

Total costs for the project are estimated at $16.7 million with completion scheduled for September.

For more information on this and other road projects, visit the WSDOT project Web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR3/WaagaWay/.

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