|| July 21, 2014
|| Tina Nelson, Senior Program Manager
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
“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,
Residents can sign up for electronic project updates by email or text
message at the site.