Traffic Jam at Burley-OlallaJuly 16th, 2009 by ed friedrich
Just came into work. Was going to be early for once, but got stuck in traffic on Highway 16 by the Burley-Olalla work. It’s down to one lane. We stopped way back by Purdy and it took 40 minutes to get through. The cool thing was they have the overpass paved and we got to go over it for the first time. Now they’re repaving the former detour route to make it an off-ramp. This is all westbound.
I don’t know what they’ll be doing tomorrow, but I think I’ll go around. The easiest way is to get off the highway at Purdy, go through Purdy and before the road merges back onto the highway you can drop down along Burley Lagoon. We old-time locals call it the “old highway” because that’s what it was. The real name, at least when it gets into Kitsap County, is Bethel-Burley Road. You can get back on the “new” highway at Mullenix Road or stay on Bethel-Burley and it’ll take you into Port Orchard.