PORT ORCHARD — With camera in hand and safely clear of the steamy asphalt operation in work, Kitsap News Group photographer Robert Zollna captured the fast-moving asphalt-laying crew as they placed a final layer of pavement on a section of Tremont Street just east of the Pottery Avenue roundabout on Thursday evening.
The $21 million street-widening improvement project for the City of Port Orchard is nearing completion and is expected to reopen in early August. The road will now have four lanes for traffic, new landscaping and improvements for bus transit commuters along the busy arterial connecting the city with State Route 16.
Not visible but integral to the two-year project are sewer, water and electrical utility upgrades placed underneath the new roadway. Those upgrades were required to accommodate increased stormwater run-off on the arterial and expand water service capacity for the surrounding community. By implementing those improvements in the first phase of the street widening work, city officials said the need to tear up Tremont — and tie up traffic — to install them in the near future has been avoided.
Power lines also were placed underground to eliminate future weather-related power outages caused by downed trees. The subterranean lines also will improve the gateway arterial’s aesthetics leading into Port Orchard from Highway 16.