The Pine Road Stormwater Improvements project includes two substantial improvements to East Bremerton’s stormwater conveyance system.
Pine Road Stormwater Oufall
On the beach near Lebo Boulevard and Sheridan Road, a failing stormwater outfall will be replaced with a new outfall. The project will be an improvement to the beach environment adjacent to the outfall because concrete debris from the old outfall will be removed from the beach, and the new outfall will dissipate energy from the stormwater discharged onto the beach reducing beach erosion at that location.
Eagle Avenue Sub-basin Improvements
The Olympic Manor neighborhood, and particularly Dibb Street, Robin Street, and Eagle Avenue has experienced flooding caused by insufficient stormwater capacity. Between 2011 and 2014, seven flooding incidents were reported to the City of Bremerton. The City seeks to correct the flooding issue be increasing storm capacity to the neighborhood by adding a new conveyance system to the neighborhood. The size and placement of the system will be determined during design. In conjunction with the project, the City will need to make improvements to the downstream inlets and outfalls in Stephenson Creek and at Lent Landing Park.
Project Progress and Schedule
The Public Works Trust Fund loan agreement with the Public Works Board has been approved by Council and executed by the Mayor. The City is proceeding with the selection of an engineering firm to undertake the design of the project. Selection will be complete, and design underway by mid to late October, 2018. Design of the project, and required permitting will continue through-out 2019. Public outreach take place during 2019. Please consider signing up for the project’s email list in order to receive project notifications and updates: News Flash - Pine Road Stormwater Basin. Construction phasing and schedule will be determined during the design phase, and may span more than one construction season due to the complexity of the projects and environmental permit conditions.
About the Funding Source
The City has secured a low interest Public Works Trust Fund loan for this project. The Public Works Trust Fund loan program is an excellent funding source for this project because the need for this project has been identified on the City’s Capital Improvement Plan for many years. Many factors, including location, improvement type, and cost has precluded these projects from being funded by grant sources. A PWTF loan is a better option than a bond because it has a lower interest rate, has no fees, and is a better type of debt for the City. The loan will be repaid over the course of 20 years from Stormwater Utility funds.