Ridgetop Boulevard Project wrapping up first phase

Project will soon be set to begin second phase of construction

Kitsap County Public Works is wrapping up its first phase of the Ridgetop Boulevard Improvement Project and are set to begin construction on Phase 2.

As of March 15, phase one of the project on Waaga Way up to Quail Run Drive is in preparation for the final asphalt paving overlay set for April 8, weather permitting, according to KCPW. The project is scheduled to be completed by May.

Features of the first phase include a second southbound travel lane from Hillsboro Drive to Waaga Way, A 10-foot sidewalk on the east side of the roadway from Hillsboro Road to Quail Run Drive, seven bio-retention cells in the medians for stormwater improvement, roundabouts at Marigold and Quail Run Drive and new street lighting.

As for the second phase, the project is currently in the design process with construction expected to take place in July. Construction is expected to be completed about a year later in June of 2020. Project funding is at a current estimate of $3,491,272, with a $1,050,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Details of the second phase incorporate reconstructing center medians to bio-filtration cells to treat stormwater, like the ones used in the first phase, replacing the deteriorated corrugated metal pipes with new plastic pipes, rebuilding the Ridgetop intersections of Quail Run, Timber Shadow, Thornwood and Pinnacle to roundabouts, adding bike lanes, widening the sidewalk on the east side to a 10-foot walk and new street lighting at intersections, KCPW said.

Tyler Shuey is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at tshuey@soundpublishing.com