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Manette chip-sealing is a work in progress

The in basket: Dustin Butler writes, “I was curious about the quality of chip seal work Bremerton had done to Terrace Street last year.  I appears to be very poor.  The aggregate is coming loose and washes on to Trenton below when it rains.

“Roads I know the county chip-seals don’t seem to have this problem.”

The Road Warrior drove to Terrace Street after Dustin wrote and found it is one of several upper Manette streets to get the treatment, in which fine rock is laid down on road oil and vehicles driving over it set the mix. Terrace did have an unusual amount of loose gravel on the surface.

I asked also if these projects were paid for by the city’s car tab fee, administered by what’s called the Transportation Benefit District

The out basket: City Public Works Director Chal Martin replied, “Yes, this chip seal work was funded with Transportation Benefit District money as a pilot program to find an inexpensive way to extend pavement life.

“The  street segments in Manette were great candidates for this, as the asphalt was very old but the subsurface was mostly still OK.

“One of the things we wanted to see was how well the chip seal held up, especially on the steeper segments. So far I have been happy with what I am seeing.

“Some of the chips are coming loose, and we did expect that because the streets are very low traffic.  It is actually a good thing to get a lot of traffic on newly chip-sealed streets, in order to seat the aggregate into the road oil/tar mix.

“On the hilly segments, some of the gravel that was probably never quite attached is ablating off.  We knew we would need to do some sweeping, and we’ll  get that scheduled up,” he said.

“In some places, it looks like quite a bit of gravel has come loose, but we put a lot of gravel down and when I brushed that aside, everywhere I looked there was still a good chip seal base below the loose gravel.

“Although the hill on 16th/Perry looked good, 18th and Perry and 17th from Pitt to Perry were much like Terrace.

“When I was at the intersection of Terrace and Trenton,” Chal said, “a pickup truck came up Trenton, turned onto Terrace and sped up the hill, pretty much spraying gravel the whole time since he was in a bit of a hurry. So my theory about needing more vehicle passes to ’embed’ the gravel into the substrate tar material doesn’t work for those cases.

“Anyway, we’ll do some sweeping and continue to monitor.  So far, so good from my perspective,” he said.

I think the extra sweeping got done already, as there was a lot less loose gravel when I paid a second visit to that area Monday.

What will Bremerton’s new car tab fee buy?

The in basket: I’ve been reading the recent news articles about the city of Bremerton’s newly enacted $20 car tab fee to raise money for the repair of city streets. I was expecting some discussion of specific projects that might be accomplished with the money, but the articles were limited to how much would be raised and when.
Over the last few years, I have gotten inquiries from Janet Gupton and Jeff Johnston about prospects for improving the poor condition of Kitsap Way from Highway 3 to Kitsap Lake and Pat (no last name) about Naval Avenue between Sixth and 11th streets, as well as others.
I asked city engineers what is likely to be done first with the money to be raised.
The out basket: City engineer Tom Knuckey and street Engineer Gunnar Fridriksson were unable to provide such specifics, because those decisions are yet to be made. They will be the work of what they call the Public Works Committee with the final decisions to be made by the City Council. Those choices will come in early 2012.
Gunnar, however, sent along the most recent annual rating of pavement conditions that show which city streets are in the worst shape. Arterials and collectors (omitting residential streets) are listed from worst to best. The rating is on a scale of 1 to 100, with anything under 10 in need of complete removal and replacement.
The ratings will be among the things the council will consider in choosing work to be done.
Kitsap Way from Austin Drive to Birchfield Drive and just north of Auto Center Way is among those rated zero. So is Naval Avenue from Seventh Street south. North of Seventh it scores slightly better and the block between 10th and 11th is judged quite sound.
Also on the zero to 9 list are portions of Austin Drive, Callow Avenue, Harlow Drive, Marine Drive, Rocky Point Road, Preble Street, Shorewood Drive, Callahan Drive, Old Wheaton Way, Union Avenue, Schley Boulevard, Sheridan Road, Lebo Boulevard, Oyster Bay Avenue, Marine Drive. High Avenue, Price Road, Sylvan Way and even short stretches of Sixth and 11th streets.
Well over a mile of West Belfair Valley Road, a city street by dint of it’s being part of the annexation of the city watershed, rates a zero to 3.
And that includes nothing classified as a residential street, a category that comprises 61 percent of the city’s lane miles. Of those residential streets, 8.67 percent also are rated 0-10.
Clearly, there is a large pent-up demand for street repair in the city and city officials are already on record saying the extra money will pay for only about an eighth of what really should be accomplished each year, about a mile of repaving per year. If you hope your residential street can get a cut of the money, you’d best be prepared for some politicking at the city council level in the new year.