'Roundabout' is a challenge to build

Construction is running on schedule for the roundabout on Anderson Hill. The circle should be paved and ready before the start of the school year. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Construction is running on schedule for the roundabout on Anderson Hill. The circle should be paved and ready before the start of the school year.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Ever tried Port Orchard’s “roundabout” at the intersection of Bethel Road S.E., Mile Hill Road, and Bethel Avenue?

No stop signs, just friendly “Yield” signs allowing one to loop around and exit at the street of their choice.

Quick and easy.

Silverdale’s very own roundabout is still under construction at N.W Anderson Hill Road and Frontier Place N.W., near Central Kitsap Junior High School.

“It’ll be open before school starts,” in early September, said Andy Randich, project superintendent for the general contractor, DLB Construction out of Olympia. Ground broke June 19.

New curbs recently installed have given the project that roundabout shape — unfortunately, the rest is still dirt and gravel, and workers have been delayed by people running over and cracking the new cement curbs.

“But I must say this has been one of the best projects I’ve ever worked on — as far as cooperation from the public is concerned. We’ve had no impatient or rude drivers,” he said.

The roundabout is at the top of the hill, about a quarter-mile northwest of the high school, right in front of the food prep center and junior high. Frontier (alternative) School is a little farther north along Frontier Place N.W. Traffic from three schools, plus ancillary departments, as well as from Anderson Hill Road, Frontier Place N.W. and Windy Ridge Lane, will feed into the roundabout.

Road officials said the roundabout was necessary due to the high volume of traffic and buses from the schools.

“The proposed roundabout will provide yield control to all entering traffic,” said Jon Brand, for Kitsap County public works.

The roundabout’s design was completed between September 2001 and August 2002. This was too late for 2002 construction as school was about to start and the weather was soon to turn.

Some right-of-way was needed to acquire enough land, and construction got underway. Construction will cost $440,000.

Six hundred and eighty tons of asphalt will be poured and rolled flat. There’ll be about 320 square yards of concrete for curbs and sidewalks. The center of the roundabout will be landscaped into a kind-of inaccessible park.

Jacques Dean, construction overseer for the county, commented it was a difficult job.

“Due to (buried) utilities, we had to be very careful not to damage anything while at the same time taking the road down eight feet” to keep it level. “It was a real challenge.”

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