$4.9 million contract awarded for Lebo Boulevard Improvement Project

BREMERTON — The Lebo Boulevard improvement project will cost $4.9 million and is expected to start before the end of the month.

The Bremerton City Council voted April 5 to award the contract to Johansen Excavating of Buckley.

“The project received a lot of interest [from] contractors and the city received excellent bids,” project manager Rick Zimburean said.

Johansen provided the lowest bid: $4,934,570.06. The next lowest bids were from Ceccanti, $4,953,357.80; and Tucci & Sons, $5,116,463.96.

“We are looking forward to working with Johansen, and they are looking forward to getting started,” Zimburean said. “Preliminarily, we expect to issue a notice to proceed Tuesday, April 18. We expect Johansen will mobilize on site shortly thereafter.”

Zimburean said that the project is currently ahead of the initial timetable, and that the project schedule will be shared with the public as it is developed.

“We expect to see significant work beginning in the last two weeks of April,” Zimburean said. “Johansen Excavating and the city will work hard to substantially complete the project by October — and sooner, if possible.”

A public meeting will be scheduled the week of April 17 at the Sheridan Center so the community can learn more about the project, Zimburean said (see KitsapDailyNews.com for update).

The project is funded by a Transportation Improvement Board grant of $4,942,722; city Stormwater Utility funding of $913,514; and city Water Utility funding of about $113,000.

Project overview

The City of Bremerton was awarded a Transportation Improvement Board grant to reconstruct and rehabilitate a 1.1-mile stretch of Lebo Boulevard from Lower Wheaton Way to Sheridan Road.

Funds were granted for new roadway surfacing, new sidewalks, lighting, pedestrian improvements and landscaping, as well as updates to the stormwater system and minor improvements to the water and sewer systems, according to the project website.

According to the website, the current design includes:

  • Roadway cross sections developed for sections of road to maximize on-street parking.
  • Standard 6-foot sidewalks and bike lanes on the inland side of the roadway.
  • Combined use pathways on the water side of the roadway.
  • New pedestrian lighting and utility poles will be located at the back of the walkway.
  • Regulatory speed information is proposed as markings on the street at 750-foot intervals.
  • “No parking” signs (as needed) at back of the walkway.
  • Bulb-outs for traffic calming at the intersections. This also provides a location to place stop signs and street name signs, as well as recreational/wayfinding information out of the shared-use space.

Learn more about the project at www.bremertonwa.gov/973/Lebo-Boulevard-Road-Improvements.

Michelle Beahm is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at mbeahm@soundpublishing.com.