Anderson Hill Road to be temporarily 'severed'

Goodbye culvert, hello traffic backups.

The Kitsap County Department of Public Works will begin the summer construction season Tuesday, May 7, by tearing out 130 feet of Anderson Hill Road to make way for a new bridge across Anderson Creek. A concrete-and-steel bridge will replace a six-foot diameter culvert which blocks passage of chum, coho and cutthroat salmon.

The project was scheduled to start Monday, April 29, but was delayed when neighbors asked the county for more time to prepare for a road closure expected to last through mid-December.

Drivers who normally use the road to travel between western Kitsap and Silverdale will have to detour via Seabeck Highway and Newberry Hill Road.

“It will be inconvenient, but you can imagine the cost if you kept traffic going through there,” said Jon Brand, assistant director of Public Works. “We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.”

The $1.3 million project is funded by a Public Works Trust Fund construction loan and a grant from the state Salmon Recovery Fund board. Costs would have skyrocketed if a detour had been built through the site.

Wilder Construction will install the bridge after it removes 7,500 cubic yards of fill dirt.

“(Wilder Construction) has a lot of experience on bridges and similar other heavy-construction projects,” Brand said. “They will build concrete abutments on site. Then they will bring in prefabricated girders ... pour a slab on top of the girders and then put up barriers and a guardrail.”

The construction could slow Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics responding to calls in western Central Kitsap.

“It’s going to completely sever a major arterial to servicing that part of the county,” CKFR Battalion Chief Jay Lovato said. “We’re putting together the best plan we can. I can’t say it’s not going to impact our response times, because it is.”

The construction won’t impact crews assigned to Station 56 on Seabeck Highway, which respond to most calls in that area. But, Lovato said, backup from Silverdale’s Station 51 could take 8-10 minutes longer to arrive at an incident on the west side of the construction zone.

Construction will have minimal impact on Central Kitsap School District students who live in the area, according to CKSD transportation dispatcher Debby Fein-Maerf.

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