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Work on interchange (finally) begins

After nearly three years on the Department of Transportation’s drawing board, the Waaga Way interchange project is finally getting underway this week.

Starting Monday, workers were scheduled to begin installing construction signs and a wetland protective fence along the SR 3/SR 303 connection. But there will be no immediate traffic disruptions.

“Most of our lane closures are allowed at night,” project engineer Ray Arnold said from the WSDOT Port Orchard office.

The two weeks following this one are designated for more preparatory work “to bring temporary barriers in to create a work area for the contractor,” Arnold explained.

The $16.7 million project was awarded to the Kent-based Scarsella Bros., Inc. in November.

The interchange is a two-season project, expected to be completed in fall 2007. The reason for the lengthy construction period is partly dictated by the location at the northwestern corner of Kitsap Mall.

“It’s pretty restrictive as far as lane closures during the Christmas season, Thanksgiving through the end of the year, being next to the mall,” Arnold said.

As part of construction easing traffic flow between the two highways, there also will be a new, $940,000 sewer line installed under SR 3 for the county, Arnold said.

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