Road projects delay NK drivers

The North End is getting its fair share of attention from road construction crews this season, which is good for the long run, but problematic for drivers at the moment.

There are several road projects that will be starting shortly or are in the final stages and motorists should be aware of potential road closures and delays.

Kitsap County Public Works crews are expected to start construction July 25 at the Hansville/Little Boston/Delaney roads intersection. The crews will spend 40 days widening the road and putting in left turn lanes on Hansville Road. Construction is expected to be completed by mid September, with a final cost of $210,000.

There will be alternating one-lane traffic and drivers can expect delays up to 15 minutes.

“Just be patient,” said Public Works spokesman Doug Bear. “We’ll try and get people through there as quickly as we can.”

The Hansville/Little Boston/Eglon roads intersection will be receiving the same treatment but the project is slated for next year.

Work times for intersection improvements along the Hansville Road have not yet been released.

Probably the most widely known road improvement in the North End, the installation of a traffic light at the Bond/Stottlemyer/Gunderson intersection, is still on track for this year, said Washington State Department of Transportation Olympic Region Communication Manager Lloyd Brown.

While the money for the project was released to the agency in July, it will still be several months before the engineering and planning of the project is complete, he added.

However, it is designed so there will not be much paving involved. As a result, crews won’t have to worry about problems with the weather in the fall when construction is expected to take place.

“We had talked about it being in place and functioning by end of the calendar year,” Brown said.

Drivers are finding traveling in the evening on State Route 3 between Poulsbo and the Hood Canal Bridge a bit time consuming these days, but not for much longer.

WSDOT crews are currently paving SR 3, between the Poulsbo city limits and the bridge, and are expected to finish this month.

Through July 14, drivers can expect single lane piloted traffic on SR 3 between the bridge and the State Route 305 interchange as the contractor continues paving. Work hours are from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. July 13-14, a detour will be in place at the SR 3/305 interchange so crews can pave the Adele Ferguson Bridge.

There will be advanced warning signs posted from midnight until 5 p.m. The work is weather dependent.

At the other end of SR 305, traffic on the Agate Pass Bridge will be reduced to a single lane between 4:30-9:30 a.m July 16-17 and July 23-24 while WSDOT crews conduct its annual inspection of the bridge. Flaggers will direct traffic on the bridge during working hours.

For more information, call the Kitsap County Public Works information line at (360) 337-5777.

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