Road work is a gas, gas, gas

Kitsap County Public Works crews had to close Levin Road N.W. in Silverdale Monday afternoon after another work crew accidentally hit a power line.

Doug Bear, a spokesman for public works, said a crew from Cascade Natural Gas accidentally hit an underground powerline.

The gas company’s workers did take the proper precautions and had the site marked for gas and electricity lines before beginning the work, but that’s not always foolproof, Bear said.

Some of the older underground power and gas lines are harder to detect, so sometimes the markings aren’t exact. In recent years, however, underground lines have included metal covers so they are easier to detect, Bear said.

The gas company’s crews were using a backhoe to excavate the site. The county closed the road so its crews could get the repair work done as soon as possible, Bear said.

He expected the road to be reopened by the end of the week.

Drivers will be happy to note that county work crews also are near completion on Newberry Hill Road, where two separate projects are under way at the same time.

On one project, a private contractor is improving the railway crossing near Newberry Hill and Provost roads. Once the railway work is finished, there will be a much-needed traffic light installed at Provost and Newberry Hill roads.

On the county side, the county hired Pope and Sons, a contracting firm, to build the retaining wall, which is almost finished. In addition to the retaining wall, a climbing lane also is being installed for the westbound trucks and slower vehicles.The contract was for $2.4 million.

There will be delays on Newberry Hill Road until the work is completed, which should be at the end of the month. Flaggers will be on site to help direct traffic.

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