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Road work revs up

July and August will bring better sewers, sidewalks, salmon streams.

Nothing says summer quite like “Flagger Ahead.”

But traffic disruptions should be minimal in the coming months, with most summer road projects confined to the shoulder.

“Not a lot of big projects,” said Roger Mustain, city engineer, of the season’s work load.

While few extended closures are likely, work will be noticeable on some of the lengthier projects, particularly at the south end. The roster of summer works projects includes:

South Island sewer: Almost six miles of pipes will be installed in south-end rights of way as part of the biggest construction project of the season.

The $2.5 million construction contract was awarded to Evergreen Utilities of Woodinville, tops among four outfits to submit bids. The project will link four neighborhoods – Emerald Heights, Point White, Pleasant Beach and Rockaway Beach, plus Blakely Elementary School – with the Fort Ward treatment plant operated by Kitsap County Sewer District No. 7.

Work begins next week on Lynwood Center Road – equipment and material began showing up on the school site over the past few days – and the contract gives crews 150 calendar days to completion.

Individual homeowners will be responsible for tying their properties in to the collection system, some of that work may run concurrent with the installation of lines. Service should begin this fall.

The project is being funded through an ultra-low-interest loan from the state Public Works Trust Fund, to be paid back through assessments on homes in the service areas.

Madison/New Brooklyn sidewalks: This $714,000 project will fill the gap in safe non-motorized access between the Madison roundabout and the Woodward/Sakai school campuses.

A sidewalk and bicycle lane will be constructed on the west side of Madison Avenue up to New Brooklyn, and on the south side of that road over to Sportsman Club.

The project will account for the most noticeable closure, as a stormwater detention vault is installed under Madison Avenue;

Contractor is Northern Con-Agg of Mill Creek; the project gets under way in late July, and is expected to take about two months to complete.

Wallace Way sidewalks: Two bike lanes, plus a sidewalk on the north side of the street, are planned on Wallace Way.

Bids were opened last week, and the apparent low bidder is Northern Con-Agg at $162,000, most of which will be covered by a grant from the state. With council approval, the contract is expected to be awarded July 14.

“We hope they’ll get to work by the end of July, and get it done by the time school starts,” Mustain said.

Cooper Creek restoration: Fish passage from the Head of the Bay to the Cooper Creek watershed will be enhanced through this $58,000 project.

A concrete structure across the creek on city-owned property west of Wyatt Way will be removed, and fish enhancements added. Work by contractor Lydell Construction begins on July 20, and should take a month.

Another culvert replacement is planned on Kitsap Avenue in the Fort Ward neighborhood, with details to be announced. Also, bids were just opened for a waterline extension at Wing Point Way/Fairview Avenue.

One thing motorists won’t see this summer is pothole patching. The annual pavement repair program – budgeted at $150,000 – failed to attract any bidders. Public works officials say they will negotiate with Ace Paving in hopes of reviving the program in September.

Grading of public gravel roads will be completed by city crews in August and September.

Information about road work and traffic revisions can be found on the city’s website at www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/traffic_rev.asp.

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