Road work plentiful, but ‘ahead of schedule’

Signs forewarn drivers of the upcoming Bucklin Hill/Tracyton Boulevard project slated to begin later this month. - Steven DeDual/staff photo
Signs forewarn drivers of the upcoming Bucklin Hill/Tracyton Boulevard project slated to begin later this month.
— image credit: Steven DeDual/staff photo

Several road projects are being wrapped up throughout the county while Central Kitsap awaits the start of the Bucklin Hill/Tracyton Boulevard project slated to begin later this month.

Chico Way, which has been closed at the bridge since the December 2007 storm, is still closed. Quigg Bros. Inc., a construction company from Aberdeen, was awarded the contract on March 23 and although the contract was granted through November, the work is actually anticipated to be complete by October 2009, according to Jacques Dean, construction manager for Kitsap County Public Works.

The Waaga Way Extension Road project, a new road from the SR 3/SR 303 interchange at Clear Creek Road to Old Frontier Road, is expected to be complete by the end of 2009. The new road will have four 12-foot lanes, a 14-foot median, 5-foot bike paths, 6-foot sidewalks separated by a 6-foot planter and drainage facilities for stormwater quality and quantity treatment. The contract for the job was granted to Woodworth & Company from Tacoma in June 2008. They began construction in July 2008 and have completed most of the excavation and installed the sewers. The erosion control devices also have been completed.

Work on the project was halted through the winter, but resumed last month. There are only a few pieces left to finish, including installing storm sewers on Clear Creek Road, testing all sewer pipes installed last year and installation of the water main, but this project is ahead of schedule as well, Dean said.

Bucklin Hill is set to have right-turn drop lanes installed at Tracyton Boulevard to alleviate congestion in that area.

“The Bucklin Hill Road corridor experiences high traffic volume at peak hours and substantial traffic volumes during non-peak hours. Significant traffic turns southerly onto Tracyton Boulevard. Constructing a drop lane that permits queuing for right turning traffic onto Tracyton Boulevard improves traffic flow along the Bucklin Hill Road corridor,” according to the Kitsap County Public Works Web site.

In addition, a northbound left-turn lane will be constructed on Tracyton Boulevard and the work will require the existing utilities, traffic signal and pedestrian actuator to be relocated.

Construction will begin later this month and is expected to be finished by October 2009. The county considers it “a major construction project that creates major inconveniences for motorists in the area.” Work on the road is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on normal working days.

Significant delays are to be expected as Bucklin Hill Road will be limited to one lane in each direction. Also, the intersection at Myhre Road and Tracyton Boulevard will be closed for access to and from Bucklin Hill Road for three weeks toward the end of the project.

“Even during non-working hours, motorists can expect delays in the immediate vicinity of the work. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible,” Dean said.

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