|| October 16, 2008
|| Doug Bear,
Public Information Programs Supervisor
Illahee Road Open to Traffic
(Port Orchard, WA) – Traffic is flowing again over the
portion of Illahee Road lost in last December’s storm. While there is
still some ancillary work to be done, the road was opened to traffic this
afternoon. “It’s been a challenging project, I know it’s been very
inconvenient for area residents, and we appreciate their patience during the
repairs ,” said Josh Brown, Central Kitsap County Commissioner.
The record setting storm washed out a hole 120 feet across and 45 feet
deep December 3, 2007. Public Works officials went to work immediately
designing the replacement culvert. Construction began in August, and took
about 40 working days to complete. Over 18,000 cubic yards of material was
needed to fill the hole left when the road washed away during the storm. The
new culvert is a fish-friendly passage 10-foot diameter corrugated metal
pipe. The culvert was backfilled with streambed gravel and boulders to
enhance fish passage. The project was completed by RV & Associates of
Port Orchard and cost $591,000.
Commissioner Brown will host a public community celebration next
Thursday, October 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Brown, community members and Public
Works officials are scheduled to speak during the ceremony. Traffic will be
restricted to one lane during the ceremony.
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