What about that roundabout? Bremerton city officials have received renderings of what another roundabout — this time on the Manette Bridge’s eastern edge — would look like.
The city has a $1.7 million pedestrian and bicycle safety grant to fund road improvements on Washington Avenue, between the bridge and Fifth Street. Construction is slated for 2015.
Nothing is set in stone, Bremerton Public Works Director Chal Martin points out. The roundabout would cost about $600,000, leaving the project with around $1 million more to do the rest of the roadway. Wider sidewalks and bike lanes are pretty much mandatory (given the name of the state program from which the fund came) and Martin says that means the road will be channeled down from two lanes in each direction to one (as you can see in the photo) because there isn’t room for two once the bike lane and sidewalk widening occurs.
But it’s early in the process. Opinions welcomed. Below is a rendering of the improvements with a traditional intersection, for you to also consider.