The City of Bremerton Public Works Operations division maintains 298
lane miles of streets and operates over 40 City-owned traffic signals.
City crews install and maintain street infrastructure, traffic signs and
signals, and street lights within the city, in addition to the OptiCom
system, which allows emergency and transit vehicles to control traffic
signal changes. All traffic signals have detectors to indicate when
there is traffic. This data is transmitted to a controller that
determines what signal sequence will move the traffic most efficiently.
Signals are often coordinated with others, forming traffic corridors.
Examples of traffic corridors are 11th Street, Kitsap Way and SR 304.
You may find it quicker to move through town by using these routes.
Conditions of Bremerton streets have been on the decline since the 2001
passing of Initiative 747. This initiative left street maintenance
without a funding source. Further decline came in 2009 with the passing
of Initiative 690 and defeat of the proposed $30 car tab fee ballot
measure. The City of Bremerton would like to provide needed street
improvements, but critical budget shortage and lack of support from
voters for a dedicated street funding source prevent this work from
being performed. In the meantime, City crews will do what they can;
however, road conditions will continue to deteriorate until the funding
The Public Works Operations division is made up of three sections:
streets, signs and electronics. Each section handles a wide variety of
Street staff maintains and repairs 298 lane miles of City streets. This
includes pothole repairs; street surface restoration after repairs to
water and sewer systems; removal, mowing and trimming of vegetation
encroaching on the right-of-way; disposal of debris dumped along the
right-of-way; and maintenance of road shoulders in areas without curbs.
Pothole patching and utility repairs are carried out year-round (winter
During extreme cold weather and snow storm events, Street staff are
responsible for applying an anti-icing agent, calcium chloride, to
streets as well as sand for traction. The removal of snow maintains
proper thorough ways. Staff work in 12 hour shifts to maintain roads
continuously during these times.
Sign shop staff is responsible for maintenance, repair and preservation
of over 7,700 signs, crosswalks, lane markings and pavement markers on
City right-of-ways. Life safety signs are the focus of the sign shop.
Staff also installs event banners.
Electronics staff performs maintenance, upgrades and installation of all
City electrical, phone and radio systems as well as operation of over
40 City-owned traffic signals. Traffic signal scheduled maintenance
includes testing and verifying electrical components, yearly lamp
changes, LED fixture installation and upgrading and maintenance of the
OptiCom system for emergency vehicle and transit bus use. Electronics
staff are on call 24 hours per day to handle emergencies (usually
traffic collisions that involve hitting a street light, traffic signal
or electrical service cabinet).
Electronics staff also reviews plans and inspects new lighting systems.
The City owns and maintains about 500 street lights and lighting in the
4th Street parking garage, convention center parking garage and all
Parks & Recreation facilities. They supply electrical support to
community events such as the Blackberry Festival and to holiday
displays. Staff also maintain electrical and alarm systems for the water