The “interminable never-ending digging phase” of this project is drawing to a close. You may have noticed the pile of stormwater pipe at the Sheridan end of the project is getting smaller. That’s a good sign. And you can probably tell that the prep work for the curb/gutter/sidewalks/driveways is ongoing. Beginning the week of July 17, the concrete subcontractor will begin work forming curbs/gutters, starting at the Lower Wheaton Way end of Lebo. As this work progresses east to west, please be aware that access to your driveway will be periodically unavailable while the concrete is curing. Folks will need to find an alternate parking spot during those times. Most of the commercial developments and multi-unit developments have more than one entrance, or alternatively, a wide enough entrance so that the concrete can be formed and poured for half the entrance, leaving the other half for access. But this may not be possible for many of the residential driveways.
We have had a few entanglements with utilities not being where they were supposed to be. This is not unusual and we are working through those utility conflicts as they emerge, thanks to the great collaboration between our Contractor, Johansen Excavating and our local utility agencies.
Cascade Natural Gas and the City of Bremerton Water Department have been amazing with getting out there to fix these conflicts in the ground while PSE, Comcast, and Convergence have gone above and beyond what we normally see from utility companies to coordinate the pole move on a tight timeline. We have a great team.
Of course, dust control has been a concern on the project and most folks appreciated the additional dust control solution we put down prior to the 4th of July weekend. Some of the solution did end up on cars – it will wash off with soap and water. We realize the current situation during construction is not convenient for our residents in the area, and especially all of you who front on Lebo. Please bear with us, as this is a once-in-a-lifetime project and we feel certain everyone will are be pleased with the beautiful final result.
As always, we very much appreciate everyone’s patience as this project moves forward.
As always, please feel free to contact us any time. Our Project Manager, Rick Zimburean, Rick.Zimburean@ci.bremerton.wa.us, wants to hear from you and will make a point to meet with you at your location if you have a concern or suggestion. No issue is too small to send Rick an email or give him a call at 360-473-5334. If Rick is out of the office, please feel free to email Bremerton1@ci.bremerton.wa.us and we will connect you with one of our other staff members.
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The City of Bremerton has been awarded a Transportation Improvement Board grant from the State to reconstruct and rehabilitate Lebo Boulevard from Lower Wheaton Way to Sheridan Road. The 1.1 mile stretch was originally built in the 1950's and the old concrete panel construction creates a jolting experience for users of the road. The grant provides for a new roadway surface, new sidewalks, lighting, pedestrian improvements and landscaping. The City will also accomplish upgrades to the stormwater system and minor improvements to the water and sewer systems.
The City of Bremerton sought input from the public regarding the project at two public meeting early this year and through an online open house and comment card. With that feedback the City has developed a design scope and has hired the engineering firm SCJ Alliance to design the improvements.
The current design direction is:
Roadway cross sections developed for sections of road to maximize on street parking, see cross sections below.
Standard 6’ sidewalks and bike lanes on the inland side of the roadway.
Combined use pathways on the water side of the roadway.
New pedestrian luminaires and utility poles will be located at the back of walk.
Regulatory speed information is proposed as MMA markings on the street at 750’ intervals.
No parking signs (as needed) will located at back of walk.
Bulb outs for traffic calming have been included at the intersections. This provides a location to place Stop signs/street name and recreational/wayfinding information out of the shared use space.