Nov. 2 meeting to discuss Silverdale Way project impacts, solutions

County Commissioner Ed Wolfe, businesses will talk about ways to improve traffic flow into Old Town

SILVERDALE — It’s 2 p.m. on Monday and David Brumsickle and Connie Weisel of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee had just finished handing out 50 fliers to businesses affected by the Silverdale Way road improvement project.

“Our goal is, no businesses close during this project,” Weisel said.

The fliers: an invitation to a meeting with County Commissioner Ed Wolfe to “come up with solutions and ideas” to improve traffic flow into Old Town Silverdale during the project.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Cafe, 3472 NW Byron St. All businesses affected by the road improvement project in Old Town Silverdale are invited.

“The meeting this Thursday is to unite the county with businesses in creating solutions in keeping businesses open during construction,” Weisel said. “The chamber’s goal is to have no business go under because of construction.”

Silverdale Way improvements began in January 2013. This segment — Silverdale Way from NW Byron Street to NW Anderson Hill Road — began on Aug. 7. And it’s a big one:

• Widening the roadway to five lanes.

• Providing five-foot bike lanes, six-foot planter areas, and eight-foot sidewalks.

• Installing new street lighting through the project area and a new traffic signal at NW Byron Street and Silverdale Way NW.

• Upgrading the stormwater system in Silverdale Way NW and conveyance improvements in Pacific Ave NW and NW Byron Street, providing stormwater treatment for an approximately 43-acre drainage basin.

Through Nov. 2, the contractor continues to work on the water main extension on Silverdale Way, from Byron Street and extending to the north. The second crew will complete the storm sewer upgrades in Carlton Street the week of Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, according to Kitsap County Public Works.

This week, Wave Broadband will have crews on site to relocate its underground utilities along Silverdale Way, from Byron Street going south. This work is anticipated to last two weeks, according to Kitsap County Public Works.

All businesses are open during construction but motorists can expect lengthy delays (up to 15-20 minutes). Help keep traffic moving by planning ahead.

Traffic impacts:

• Carlton Street (between Pacific Avenue and Silverdale Way) will close during daytime work hours for the new storm system. Carlton Street will reopen during the evening and non-work hours.

• Shoulder closure and one-way alternating traffic on Silverdale Way for the installation of the reclaimed water main, starting from the south end of the project up to Byron Street. Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zones. Traffic delays are expected.

• The Silverdale Way center turn lane will close, from Lowell Road to Anderson Hill Road, to accommodate northbound traffic which will be reduced to one lane. The closure continues through the following week.

The project’s cost is expected to be $11,139,691, according to Kitsap County Public Works. The project is funded by Kitsap County Public Works – Roads ($6,827,250), federal Surface Transportation Program ($2,419,000), Silverdale Water District ($1,250,000), and other utilities ($643,441).