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Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Date: July 21, 2014

Contact: Tina Nelson, Senior Program Manager
360.337.4891 or knelson@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 14-080

 

Bucklin Hill Bridge project construction and road closure delayed until 2015

 

(Port Orchard, WA) - The project to replace the culverts under Bucklin Hill Road, originally scheduled to begin this year, will now take place in 2015 according to Kitsap County Public Works.

“Permitting and right-of-way acquisition have been even more complex and time consuming than anticipated and are taking longer,” said Tina Nelson, Senior Program Manager for Public Works.
This project increases the capacity of the roadway from two lanes to four; enhances the Clear Creek estuary; and provides improved amenities for pedestrians and bicyclists.

“We have a window of opportunity for work within the estuary which will pass before we obtain the necessary permits and acquire the right-of-way needed for the project,” Nelson said.

The project will be advertised for bids this fall. Construction is set to begin in June 2015 and will include a year-long closure of portions of Bucklin Hill road, between Blaine Avenue and Mickelberry Road starting in July 2015.

“We recognize the challenges this creates for motorists navigating throughout Silverdale and are working on an outreach campaign to increase awareness of alternate routes with information material for local businesses and residents to help reduce the impact,” Nelson said.

Area residents are encouraged to stop by the project booth during Silverdale’s Whaling Days festival. Information about the project will be available and staff will answer questions and encourage residents to sign up for text or e-mail notifications to stay informed of the project. There will also be plans and drawings showing the new bridge design at the booth.

“We are looking at every way we can help residents understand the project and are interested in creative ways to help make the roadway closure bearable,” said Nelson.

While Public Works waits on work to start next summer, several utilities will be relocated. Cascade Natural Gas completed work at Levin Road this summer, and Puget Sound Energy will work through the fall on transmission poles and distribution lines, that will require intermittent closures of Bucklin Hill Road.

“While this will certainly be a challenge for motorists during construction, the improved road capacity, safer amenities for pedestrians and bicycles, and enhancement to the very unique nature of the Clear Creek estuary will serve our area well,” Nelson added.

More information about the project is available at the project web page, www.BucklinHill.com. Residents can sign up for electronic project updates by email or text message at the site.


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Last Updated: 
July 22, 2014