The in basket: An earlier Road Warrior column about the slow
progress on the new traffic signal at the southbound off-ramp from
Highway 303 (Waaga Way) to Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale brought
some reader comment asking how the county can figure that the
contractor is still within the 60 working days allotted to get it
Robin Jensen submitted one of them and said “I believe
construction did not begin until July, after the Road Warrior posed
questions to county staff.
“If construction began in July, how can this project be within
the 60 days allowed? We had so little rain in October, and it seems
those dry days were wasted.
“I wonder if someone can ask the questions regarding when the
poles and other delayed materials were ordered, since it is known
that some of these are ‘long lead items’. How about a COMPLETE
review of how this project was handled from start to whenever it
does get finished?”
The out basket: Jacques Dean, construction manager for the
county, says, “The contract was executed on June 25. We did
not start construction until August 5, but this was a county
directive, based on availability of county staff. We had
multiple other projects underway and did not have staff available
to manage this project until then.
“Pole submittals were received by Kitsap County on August 6,
which indicates that the poles were ordered a few weeks prior to
the submittal date. It takes some time for the fabricator to
develop the project specific drawings and submittals.”
The poles aren’t ordered by the county, but by the bidder who
gets the contract, which it’s reluctant to do until the contract is
signed. The limited number of pole manufacturers (two) in the
country means getting the poles quickly is unlikely.
“There are 60 ‘working days’ assigned to this project,” Jacques
said. “Working days are Monday through Friday, excluding
holidays. The project started on August 5.
“There were six non-working days due to heavy rain in late
September/early October. The project was suspended on Oct.
21, pending delivery of water quality vaults, a long-lead
item. The suspension was lifted on November 6, when the water
quality vaults were delivered. The contractor continued with
installation that week, and also completion of curb/gutter and
Finished paving, removing a pole sitting in the new right turn
lane to go toward Bremerton, striping and other pavement work will
be complete next week
“When this work is complete, the project will be suspended again
pending delivery of the traffic signal poles and components,” he
said. Installation, expected sometime in December, will take three
or four days and the project will be done.
There were 13 working days remaining on Nov. 12, and the
contractor still is under 60, Jacques said.