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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 24, 2016
Contact: Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager
360.337.4598 or dbear@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2016-058

Bucklin Hill Road opens July 22
Ribbon-cutting celebration marks opening of new bridge

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County’s Bucklin Hill Bridge Project in Silverdale marks a long-anticipated milestone with the reopening of Bucklin Hill Road on Friday, July 22. The public is invited to help celebrate the completion of the new bridge at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on the east end of the bridge approach. The bridge opens for traffic later in the day.

“As promised, we will have Bucklin Hill Road open on time and take the opportunity to publicly thank local business and residents who were inconvenienced with the detours and construction. The bridge is a great accomplishment for the county and we look forward to the community enjoying improved access along the waterfront,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe. “I am excited to celebrate with those who were the most impacted – the residents of Crista Shores Senior Living Community. They will be joining me in the first ceremonial walk across the bridge.”

The 240-foot, multi-span bridge increases traffic capacity and flow through Silverdale. It provides two scenic overlooks, wider sidewalks and bike paths on both sides of the road. Replacing the former 72-inch culverts with a bridge allows tidal flow from Dyes Inlet into Clear Creek estuary to return to a natural state and improves habitat for fish and other wildlife.

“The road opening is ahead of schedule due to the coordinated efforts of Kitsap County Public Works, the contractor Granite Construction, and the many utility companies involved in the project,” said project manager Tina Nelson.

Since its initial design, the Bucklin Hill Bridge Project was planned to be more than just construction of a bridge. It has involved relocating, removing, upgrading and installing many utilities. A new sanitary sewer force main, water main, stormwater infrastructure, and a reclaimed water main are all part of the project. Additionally, communication and power lines were replaced and relocated from Kitsap Public Utilities, Wave Broadband, Unite Private Network, CenturyLink, and Puget Sound Energy.

Work on the project will continue after Bucklin Hill Road opens with intermittent lane closures and traffic delays through this fall when the entire project is anticipated to be completed.

The Bucklin Hill Bridge Project is the largest road project undertaken by Kitsap County Public Works. The $20 million project began in the late 1990s. An early design study identified goals of increasing capacity, constructing pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and connecting the Clear Creek Trail system on both sides of Bucklin Hill Road. The new bridge project meets or exceeds these goals.

For more information, go to www.BucklinHill.com, call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 or sign up for Kitsap County’s The Road Report to receive weekly electronic notifications with updates on local road work and closures.

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Last Updated:  July 08, 2016