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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: July 11, 2016
Contact: Tina Nelson, Project Manager
360.337.5777 or KNelson@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2016-063

Be one of the first to cross the new Bucklin Hill Bridge!
Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for July 22

(Port 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 remaining work.

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 11, 2016