New street parking comes to downtown Bremerton

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Don’t be distracted by the mountains. There’s new street parking below them.

 

Next time you’re in a jam to find some parking in downtown Bremerton, consider some new parallel parking spaces near the Manette Bridge. Yes, it will be a bit of a walk to Washington Avenue but there’s plenty of them — around 40 spaces — that have been created with the downsizing of the roadway.

The placement of parking spots on Washington, as it curves around and becomes 11th Street, is an early part of the Washington Avenue project that will reduce the street from four lanes to two in an effort to add bike lanes and wider sidewalks to the area between the Manette Bridge and Fifth Street.

But city officials realized that should the four lanes become two on Washington, the road north of the bridge, as it turns 90 degrees west and becomes 11th street, has no need to be four lanes anymore, either. Plus, there’s some residents impacted by the project that may not even be able to make it to their driveways for awhile.

Chal Martin, the city’s public works director, told me the new spots are permanent, and will last long after the Washington Avenue project is done. In the meantime, signs advertising the spaces to be two hour parking will be put in. Hopefully, though, the parking enforcers will respect those residents who can’t make it to their driveways due to the project.

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New parking.

 

4 thoughts on “New street parking comes to downtown Bremerton

  1. This will take some getting used to. I noticed it last night coming off the Manette Bridge and drove right over several of the spaces before I recognized what they had done. Better lane edge striping or possibly a concrete curb median would help when making that right turn.

  2. I love the idea but, I live on a one way street that comes out to eleventh right after the turn and if the spaces between Pleasant Ave and High Ave are occupied, there is absolutely zero visibility to the right now. There is no way to see if a car is coming from around the corner, no matter your angle, and no other way to leave the street. I’m not sure this project was thought through quite as well as it should have been. I’m concerned about accidents that particular spot may see.

    1. Tree,

      You make a mighty good point here. I am going to bring this to the attention of the city engineers, and see if there’s a fix for it.

      -Josh

  3. The left turn light as your going to cross over to the Manette bridge. What a cluster!
    How many times have I sat at the light ( car in front of me ) and the light turns green – for traffic going straight. The car takes off for the bridge, thinking they have a green light. The left turn signal has not turned on to make the left turn.

    They could have put all three lights on the same arm and saved a lot of confusion. This will be an accident waiting to happen.

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