Traffic delays to intensify on Bucklin Hill
By STEVEN DEDUAL
Central Kitsap Reporter Staff writer
September 4, 2009 · Updated 8:50 AM
Access from Myhre Road, Tracyton Boulevard closes Sept. 8-25 for road work.
For several weeks, drivers have been dealing with inconvenience and more than normal traffic on Bucklin Hill Road.
Beginning Sept. 8, it will be even more inconvenient when access to Bucklin Hill Road from Myhre Road and Tracyton Boulevard closes until Sept. 25.
Construction has been ongoing to add a right-turn lane from Bucklin Hill Road onto Tracyton Boulevard and a left-turn lane from Tracyton Boulevard onto Bucklin Hill Road. New traffic signals, video detection equipment, drainage improvements and utility adjustments are planned for the intersection.
“The traffic lights on Bucklin Hill Road will be bagged and it will become a straight shot,” said Doug Bear, Kitsap County Public Works spokesman.
While the 18-day road closure will make driving difficult in that particular area of Silverdale, leaving the road open would mean a completion date beyond October, which could delay work even more due to weather conditions.
“It could delay work as much as six months if we have another bad winter,” Bear said. “Once the work is completed, people will forget the temporary inconvenience.”
Drivers are not the only people being affected by the closure. The number 37 Fairgrounds shuttle bus will detour around the construction closures at Tracyton Boulevard and Bucklin Hill by traveling south on Nels Nelson Road, turning left on Fairgrounds Road and taking Central Valley Road back to Bucklin Hill Road. The bus will not serve Tracyton Boulevard or Fairgrounds Road between Tracyton Boulevard and Nels Nelson Road.
“The estimate is about 10 stops that will be affected,” said John Clausen, director of service development for Kitsap Transit.
Other road work is being done throughout the county as well.
County crews are removing ecology blocks from the stream on Bucklin Hill Road around Central Valley Road. Flaggers are assisting motorists through the work area Monday through Friday. Minimal delays are expected, according to public works.
County crews also are working Monday through Friday to build a retaining wall on Holly Road at Longhorn Drive. Flaggers will assist motorists through the work area and minimal delays are expected.
Paving crews are paving Willamette Meridian Road, from Ioka Drive to Anderson Hill Road, as well as Ioka Drive. Moderate traffic delays are anticipated, but traffic control staff are on-site to assist motorists through the area.
Buno Construction will be replacing a sewer force main and some associated piping along Central Valley Road north of the intersection at Fairgrounds Road and continuing east on Fairgrounds Road. The work begins just south of Alexis Drive on Central Valley and ends just east of Falcon Drive on Fairgrounds at the pumping station. The project is anticipated to take six months to complete. The work involves rolling road closures during daytime hours, with local and emergency access maintained during the project.
Work on NW Greaves Way (the Waaga Way extension road) continues and crews are now grading Old Frontier Road and reconfiguring the intersection to its new alignment. Asphalt on Old Frontier Road is scheduled to be pulverized and then gravel surfacing and paving will begin. Work to install underground utilities continues at the Clear Creek end of the project, but any traffic delays should be minimal, according to public works.
This article has been edited - Doug Bear's quote has been changed to show he said "temporary inconvenience" rather than "minor inconvenience."Contact Central Kitsap Reporter Staff writer Steven DeDual at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 308-9161.