With all the construction projects going on around
Bremerton these days, it’s easy to overlook the work recently
completed on Sheldon Boulevard near Evergreen-Rotary
Park. Crews this week just laid down new pavement
that runs on the street for almost the whole length of the park and
also put in a new sidewalk.
You can see from the photos above — before and after — that some
new pavement was long overdue.
But a new street surface was not the impetus for the project.
Aging sewer and water lines dating back to the 1930s were literally
rotting underneath it, and needed to be replaced. To boot, the
city’s Public Works
and Utilities Department is rerouting entirely a section of
pollution-causing sewer pipe that run along the beach that fronts
the Port Washington Narrows. To get it off the beach, they’re
installing a new pipe that will run on the streets that parallel
the beach, to include Washington Avenue.
But don’t expect things to get too cozy down near the park.
Remember that a
big park renovation project, installing Kitsap County’s first
accessible playground, is about to get underway. And a
large apartment project is planned along Sheldon Boulevard as
He just wanted to kill some weeds. But an
environmentally conscious Bremerton City Council told Public Works
Director Chal Martin last Wednesday they wanted to make certain
that green practices were followed as part of an upcoming
At issue was a $44,000 contract with Superior Maintenance
Solutions to apply herbicide and eliminate weeds that are growing
out of city sidewalks. The work is a pilot project for the
The project includes the weeding and cleaning of sidewalks
around the city, as well as tree and shrub trimming around the
But most members of the Council were concerned what herbicide
would be used. Glyphosate, used in products like Roundup, is
called for the in the contract.
That got the Council inquiring. Were there alternatives? Why not
just use vinegar and water to get rid of the weeds? Could we run a
test to see if said vinegar would be as effective?
Martin said he’d look into it. His reaction was, as best I can
put it, one of slight exasperation.
“I just want to kill weeds,” Martin said to conclude the
The contract with Superior Maintenance Solutions,
which still calls for Glyphosate, or some alternative of
it, will likely be passed Wednesday at the Council’s regular
meeting at the Norm Dicks Government Center. Meeting starts at 5:30
p.m. The full meeting agenda for Wednesday can be found