Third segment of pedestrian pathway nearing finish line

Entire project to be completed in 2023

PORT ORCHARD — The ribbon that will eventually tie together a revitalized waterfront for downtown Port Orchard is about to get another link.

The third segment of the Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway project, which will connect with the Mary Ann Huntington Waterfront Park and Pedestrian Bridge at Blackjack Creek — also known as the pathway’s fourth segment — is nearing completion, according to the City of Port Orchard’s public works department.

The pathway has been a dream long-awaited by city officials — and well worth their patience. The latest phase of construction was funded through the state Legislature’s 2015 Connecting Washington funding package and the city.

It will “provide for [a] continued multi-modal pedestrian path along the Sinclair Inlet waterfront as the Pathway transitions from Bay Street at Rockwell Avenue to the shoreline side of the Comfort Inn and Titus Ford, before linking up with the Pedestrian Bridge at Blackjack Creek,” states the city’s October newsletter to citizens.

The pedestrian pathway project segment is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to the city.

This spring, the construction phase of the downtown Rockwell Park, also known as a “pocket park,” will begin. It is to be located between the Marlee Apartments and the Comfort Inn, and adjacent to the pedestrian pathway.

The 11-segment project was fully funded in 2015 as part of a state transportation funding package approved by the state Legislature.

The $3.5 million in funding received will be used for work from 2019 to 2023.