Final weeks of Bay-Bethel roundabout work near

The state Department of Transportation says that crews will resume work as soon as April 29 to finish the new roundabout at the intersection of Bethel Avenue and Bay Street in Port Orchard.

Work started last July to replace the traffic lights with a single-lane roundabout. Construction continued until late November when colder temperatures forced a pause. With temperatures on the rise again, WSDOT’s Doug Adamson hopes the weather cooperates for a speedier finish to the $3.2 million project. “To clarify, we’re not talking about months of construction. We’re talking about weeks of work,” he said.

WSDOT officials say preliminary work will need to be completed prior to the installation of the final layer of asphalt. That phase could take two weeks depending on the weather. Crews will return several weeks later to make final lane markings and finish any work to be completed.

The return of construction will likely mean the return of long waits to pass through the site. Commuters can expect one-way alternating traffic to return between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Trucks will continue to be detoured around the intersection.

Adamson said drivers should be patient with crews and should change travel plans to account for the delays.