Kitsap County's Department of Public Works begins improvements on Washington Boulevard NE from NE 3rd Street to Central Avenue. The project was born out of the Kingston Complete Streets Report, published May 2016, which identified numerous projects in the village of Kingston. Complete Streets is a design approach that requires streets be planned, designed and operated, and maintained to facilitate safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.
This project includes construction of pedestrian sidewalks from SR 104 (NE 1st Street) to Central Ave NE and makes improvements to the existing pedestrian and bike path from NE Third Street to SR 104. Upgrades to the storm-water collection system and new street and pedestrian lighting are also part of the project.
Finally, a portion of Washington Blvd NE (from NE 1st Street to NE 2nd Street), and NE 2nd Street (from Washington Blvd NE to the alley between Washington Blvd and Ohio Ave NE) will be permanently closed to all non-emergency vehicles as part of this project. The closure begins Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
The permanent closure provides pedestrians a safe walking experience while enjoying the scenic water view. Emergency vehicles will always have access.
The 5-month project begins February 18, 2020 with the contractor mobilizing equipment on the project site. Construction is anticipated to be completed by early Summer, 2020. Access to businesses will remain open for duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.
The work is being done by Pivetta Brothers Construction, Inc., under a $1,061,715.00 construction contract.
To learn more about the project go to http://kcowa.us/WaBlvd.
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