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Paving work on Newberry Hill Road means lengthy delays

Drivers have been crawling through the dust clouds and mud spatter of the torn-up sections of Newberry Hill Road since May when construction resumed there.

But this week the wait is longer than what has become the usual delay. Cars are waiting longer than 15 minutes, according to Kitsap County Public Works weekly report, due to paving.

Crews are laying down pre-level, the first layer of asphalt, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the stretch of Newberry Hill that is between Dickey Road and Graystone Way.

“Most of the project should be under pavement after Thursday,” said Callene Abernathy, public works spokeswoman.

She added that local residents know some back roads, but there is no detour for those who are headed to Klahowya Secondary School for example.

Since the beginning of the school year, the project has been in the path of school buses.

“I’m not going to deny there is some difficulty,” Abernathy said, but the yellow buses are flagged through the construction sections with priority.

The overall project is expanding the lanes, adding a turn lane in the eastern section of Newberry Hill, enlarging the shoulders off the road, and doing some drainage improvements. Abernathy said most of the work should be completed by Nov. 1.

For more information on this week’s paving and the Newberry Hill construction project, check the Road Report for the week of Sept. 19, visit www.kitsapgov.com/pw or call the Kitsap County Public Works’ open line at (360) 337-5777 or (800) 825-4940.

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