The Wyatt Way Reconstruction Project on Bainbridge Island is nearing completion.
The city’s contractor finished most of the asphalt paving the last two weeks. The accessible ramps and concrete crosswalks will be installed April 7, which will mark the project substantially complete. The last remaining work will be signage, painted bicycle symbols and landscaping.
Separate from that work, but next to it, the contractor will likely be starting the replacement in mid-April of drainage facilities further east along Wyatt Way. That work, which is part of the city’s annual drainage program, will alleviate flooding of the public right of way and nearby private property.
The work will include removal of a large willow tree at the eastern end of the work area. The roots of the tree have contributed to failures of the drainage system. The tree is not a landmark or heritage tree, and has been reviewed and approved for removal by the city’s arborist.
The mini roundabout at Wyatt Way and Madison Avenue is complete, but will not include any public artwork, which was proposed this week by the Bainbridge Islanders Facebook group. The mini roundabout is intended to facilitate traffic, and also increase safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, large trucks will be mounting the center island, so a sculpture would prohibit those vehicle movements. There will be future opportunities for public art proposals for the Sportsman Club and New Brooklyn intersection improvements project, a city news release says.