|| July 11, 2016
||Tina Nelson, Project Manager
360.337.5777 or KNelson@co.kitsap.wa.us
Be one of the first to cross the new Bucklin Hill
Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for July 22
Orchard, WA) – Be one of the first to cross the new Bucklin Hill
Bridge after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting set for July 22. A ceremony
celebrating its opening begins at 10 a.m. on the east end. Kitsap County
Commissioner Edward Wolfe will host the celebration that includes a Marine
Corp honor guard presenting the colors and the Central Kitsap High School
marching band providing entertainment. The bridge opens to traffic by the
end of the day.
“We encourage the community to join us in celebrating this special
occasion,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe. “The new bridge not only addresses
traffic needs, but provides additional non-motorized enhancements as well as
restoring Clear Creek estuary with the removal of culverts.”
Parking will be available for those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony at
the former Haggen parking lot just northeast of the Bucklin Hill-Mickelberry
intersection. Carpooling is encouraged. There will be a short presentation
followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony when residents of the nearby Christa
Shores Retirement Community will join Commissioner Wolfe.
Bucklin Hill Road has been closed since last July for the construction of
the new bridge and installation of utilities. The project involved widening
the road to four lanes across the new 240-foot, multi-span bridge, and five
lanes in the rest of the project area, including a new eastbound left-turn
lane at Levin Road. The project adds new bike lanes and sidewalks, and two
pedestrian overlooks on the north and south ends of the bridge.
The new bridge replaces two 72-inch culverts, allowing the estuary to return
to a more natural state, improving fish passage and salmon habitat.
Additionally, many utilities were replaced, upgraded or installed.
“We want to thank the residents of Central Kitsap and those who conduct
business in Silverdale for their patience during this project. We recognize
the significant inconvenience this project created, and appreciate the
permanent improvements gained through this work,” said Kitsap County Public
Works project manager Tina Nelson.
Even though the road opens July 22, the project is not finished. The
contractor will continue with ancillary work until completion, anticipated
to be this fall. Motorists can expect intermittent delays during the
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
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