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Viking Way completion expected this fall

Flagger Robin Tinner waves cars through construction on south Viking Way. Up to 70 vehicles are queued at a time while one-way traffic alternates during the day, he said. - Jennifer Morris/Staff Photo
Flagger Robin Tinner waves cars through construction on south Viking Way. Up to 70 vehicles are queued at a time while one-way traffic alternates during the day, he said.
— image credit: Jennifer Morris/Staff Photo

POULSBO — Repairs along the southern portion of Viking Way in Poulsbo are expected to continue through the fall.

Construction from Bovela Lane just past Marelaine Lane on Viking will be complete within four weeks, said city engineer Andrzej Kasiniak. An identical construction phase will continue south on Viking past Anderson Lane. That work is expected to begin at the start of September and last 60 days.

The road will be reduced to one-way alternating traffic in the meantime.

The overall project will result in a new center turn lane, bike lanes, sewer and water main extensions, traffic medians, improved storm drainage and landscaping. New sidewalks and curb gutters are being installed now, and paving and street lights should be in place soon along the first section of roadway, Kasiniak said.

The city was required to approach the project in two parts because a portion of it is funded federally and the rest is funded by a state grant, he said.

The first phase was paid for by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars originally alloted to repairs on the road's northern end. That project received $3.8 million in stimulus funding in 2009. At the time, it was one of the state's first and largest stimulus projects.

The second phase was funded by a state Urban Vitality Grant.

The price tag for each phase is under $800,000, and both are implementing Low Impact Development strategies to manage stormwater.

Repaving work on Mesford Street will be finished before school starts on Sept. 1, Kasinak said. It will take two more weeks to finish curb installation and lay a second layer of asphalt on the roadway, which is near the North Kitsap School District sports fields. Crews also installed sidewalks and parallel parking spaces. The road is open to one-way alternating traffic. The $336,000 project was funded by the Department of Transportation, the city and the school district.

A culvert replacement project beneath State Route 305 near Johnson Road is also scheduled to wrap up in October, said Department of Transportation spokesman Joe Irwin.

Crews will replace two culverts in the area to improve fish migration.

Contractor Frank Coluccio Construction is using a technique called pipe jacking for the project so that most repair work can be done beneath the roadway, leaving the highway open to traffic. Any traffic delays due to the repairs are expected to last one minute or less, Irwin said.

To learn more about these projects, visit www.cityofpoulsbo.com and www.wsdot.wa.gov.

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