Town meeting focuses on roads and projects in Central Kitsap

Several roads around Central Kitsap will look very different in the coming years.

That was the word from the annual Central Kitsap Community Council (CKCC) town meeting on Wednesday as Bill Zupancic of Kitsap County Public Works provided an update on the projects that are planned for roads in Kitsap County.

In 2005, construction will begin on the Newberry Hill Road West project. Improvements will be made from Dickey Road N.W. to Seabeck Highway (about 2.2 miles). Improvements will include constructing 12-foot lanes, 8-foot paved shoulders, a two-way left turn lane in the eastern portion, correction of two standard vertical curves and left-hand turn pockets. Required drainage improvements also will be done. Cost of construction is about $2.5 million with $1 million stemming from a federal allocation. Another $750,000 in State Rural Arterial Program funds also may be allocated.

Zupancic described the Newberry Hill Road West project as an “expansion improvement” stemming from the N.W. Newberry Hill Road Phase 2 project which was recently completed at a cost of about $2.2 million.

Zupancic also touched shortly on the SR 3/SR 303 interchange which is a partnership between the county and Washington State Department of Transportation. Construction on this project is scheduled to begin in early 2005. Part of the SR 3/SR 303 interchange is the Waaga Way Extension which will begin construction in 2007 with right-of-way acquisition beginning in 2005. Costs of the Waaga Way Extension is about $4.3 million.

In 2005, construction is expected to begin on the Silverdale Way/Clear Creek Bridge project. Flooding has occurred various times due to the road culvert on Silverdale Way and Clear Creek Road becoming over-topped. The Clear Creek Flood Study found that one way to resolve this problem would be to construct a short-span bridge deck supported by pilings which would cost an estimated $815,000 .

Public Works is proposing to improve traffic at the intersection of Bucklin Hill Road and Mickelberry with a new signal near the Silverdale Plaza, most likely in the vicinity of Hollywood Video and a pedestrian signal at Clear Creek Trail.

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