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Bremerton: You’re invited to paint the town


Josh Farley writes: 

Here’s your chance to brighten Bremerton with a fresh coat of paint.

Two city projects invite local residents to join in an effort to put down fresh coats of paint around schools and along the retaining wall near the Manette Bridge.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Bremerton Public Works Director Chal Martin and Steve Priest, an art teacher at Bremerton High School, will continue painting the Washington Avenue retaining wall. They welcome help, if you’re interested — simply head out to the wall on Washington, near the Manette Bridge, at that time.

Martin called the painting a “followup” to the painting and mural designed by Bremerton graduate Jan Jimenez and unveiled in July (see photo).

“We thought painting the wall on the other side might be worth a try,” Martin told me in an email.

Then, on Saturday, residents can join city staff to “freshen up” school zones around the city before the kids go back to school in September. New coats of paint will be added on roads near the schools.

Those who want to help out need to be ready to go at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 100 Oyster Bay Avenue North, site of Bremerton Public Works and Utilities headquarters.

The city will provide the materials, according to Milenka Hawkins-Bates, Bremerton’s public works’ administration division manager. The city asks that residents wear appropriate clothing for painting, and that no “open toed” shoes be worn.

For more information, call public works at (360) 473-5920.

Roundabouts: Don’t go in if you can’t get out

To suggest a little roundabout etiquette I ask that you look at this picture. I doctored it to remove the license plate numbers, so no one feels like I’m shaming them. I’m approaching the Manette Bridge on Lower Wheaton Way.

Travis Baker, our resident road warrior may correct me if I am wrong, but I see a problem with this picture.

The stoppage at this roundabout, located at the east end of the bridge, is because of ongoing construction work on the span. Because of the construction, no one going onto the bridge will be able to continue that way. I suggest that drivers should have stopped before entering the roundabout, because if someone coming from the left (Harkins Street from Pitt Avenue) on this photo wanted to pull a U-turn by completely circling the roundabout, they would be unable. This might be tough, because people generally don’t learn about the stoppage until they’ve already entered the roundabout. I can’t fault them. However, in this picture it’s getting close to a point where a car would be unable to turn right from Harkins onto Lower Wheaton Way opposite the direction I’m going.

This could be a bigger problem once traffic starts exiting the bridge. If enough cars opposite the bridge enter the roundabout and wait, they could block the path of those wanting to turn onto Lower Wheaton Way.

Anyone want to dispute my contention? Drivers on Lower Wheaton are not inconvenienced at all in this picture, because if the first car does as I suggest no one is moving forward anyway. The potential problem here is for those entering the roundabout from Harkins or the bridge.

See the Manette Bridge countdown clock here

We’re taking the Washington State Department of Transportation at its word that the gosh-darned Manette Bridge will be opening at noon on Thursday.

If you’re one of those lazy types who doesn’t want to drive all the way down there to see it for yourself or if you have an environmental or economical notion that driving down there would be an addition of unnecessary greenhouse gases and/or waste of fuel, just check in here. We have added a countdown clock in the right column.

One word of warning: They’re planning festivities for noon on Thursday, so I wouldn’t plan on making a crossing right of way. You’re invited to those festivities, though, so if you want to go to that you can use the countdown timer to let you know how long you have until you have to be there.

I like countdown clocks. I think I’ll add one to the Kitsap Caucus and to my own personal blog, Field of Steve.

Old Manette Bridge’s functional life officially ends

The following was written by Kitsap Sun reporter Josh Farley.

MANETTE — The final trek over the old Manette Bridge Thursday morning was an undistinguished affair, a far cry from the pomp and fanfare that greeted the steel truss’ final car in July.

Still, the crisp morning was indeed the official end of the 81-year-old span’s functional life and a few souls came to pay their last respects before dawn had broken.

“I knew today was the last day,” said Dave Earl, an inspector at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, one of the last crossers. “I’m just really excited for the new one to open.”

He’ll be able to cross the new span in less than a week. For now, pedestrians will go the way of vehicles and take the Warren Avenue Bridge, a crossing that’s bulged to take on 12,000 more cars since the old Manette Bridge closed to them.

The Manette’s skinny walkway where he was speaking sits just north of the old bridge’s Washington gray colored sibling, built in under a year and a half and far structurally superior. There’s no classic steel truss, having been replaced by the rebar-filled concrete spans ubiquitous in many of today’s bridges.

Crews will start tearing down the old bridge, including its signature steel truss, right away, but part of it might survive into 2013; a contract to remove six of the bridge’s columns hasn’t even been awarded yet. Already, crews have pulled some railings down and removed most of its paved surface. The structure feels tired and ready for retirement.

Other than shipyard workers, a few joggers came to make the crossing one last time.

Daryl Bodlorick took his dog, Jake, for a run across the span he’s been crossing for decades. The South Kitsap firefighter said he’s lived in Manette all his life.

“I told my wife, I’ve got to go across it one last time,” he said.

Hard to say who qualified as the last crosser of the bridge, as people exited on both sides of the span right around the same time. But there wasn’t any ceremony to mark the event anyhow.

Adam Brockus, Bremerton city councilman, also got up early to make the trip a final time.

“Had to,” he said, taking a picture of the span up close on his cell phone camera. “Wouldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t.”