The county Public Works Department and the Government Affairs Committee have been working to spread the word about alternate routes to and from Old Town Silverdale. (Visit Kitsap)

The county Public Works Department and the Government Affairs Committee have been working to spread the word about alternate routes to and from Old Town Silverdale. (Visit Kitsap)

Silverdale Way Road Improvement Project Update

SILVERDALE — Here’s what to expect through Dec. 13 on the Silverdale Way Road Improvement Project.

According to Kitsap County Public Works: Crews will continue work on the joint utility trench; the work is located at the north end of the project near the school district administration building and Strawberry Creek. Cascade Natural Gas will finish its gas-line relocation work on Rainier View Lane.

Beginning Dec. 11, crews will complete the water main upgrades on Byron Street and install the last storm sewer main in Silverdale Way. Byron Street will close during daytime work hours and will reopen during evening and non-work hours. A detour route will be signed along Carlton Street.

The southbound lanes and center turn lane on Silverdale Way (from Anderson Hill Road to Lowell Street) will close for installation of the remaining stormwater system. One northbound lane and one southbound lane will be maintained at all times through the work area.

The outside northbound lane on Silverdale Way, from Carlton Street to the north end of the project, will close for placement of the joint utility trench.

No work is scheduled on Dec. 9.

All businesses are open during construction, but motorists can expect intermittent delays. Keep traffic moving — plan ahead and scout an alternate route to your destination. Business owners say motorists who use alternate routes experience little traffic congestion and little trouble getting to and from their Old Town Silverdale destinations (Silverdale Way to Bayshore Drive is recommended).

The $11.1 million project is significant. When completed, Silverdale Way will have five lanes, with 5-foot bike lanes, 6-foot planter areas, and 8-foot sidewalks. There will be new street lighting and a new traffic signal at Byron Street and Silverdale Way. The stormwater system will be upgraded to provide stormwater treatment for a 43-acre drainage basin. The work will continue until next fall.

The county Public Works Department and the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee are working to spread the word about alternate routes. Old Town is home to Silverdale Waterfront Park and eclectic mix of businesses — among them a farm store, salons, restaurants, an arts school, a music academy, and various professional services. Clear Creek Trail winds along the waterfront. The park has a pier, boat and kayak launches, and a children’s playground.

To learn more about the project, or to sign up for weekly updates. go to www.bit.ly/SilvWayProject.

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