|The in basket: Phil Crane, who says he drives a
van pool, writes, “For the last few months I’ve noticed some
changes in the road leading to the overpass toward Gorst.
“Just past the motorcycle dealer, HOV lane…the road is sagging
in a few spots…one spot has about a six inches depth in the
middle…the depressed area being about five feet in diameter.
“I’m wondering…will it take a full sink hole to develop before something is done out there.??”
The out basket: I have to say I had not noticed it before leaving the county for a time, but asked Claudia Bingham-Baker, spokeswoman for the Olympic Region of state highways, if they had.
She replied, “Our maintenance crews took a look at that roadway section and didn’t see anything particularly unusual. Closer to the area where the SR 16/SR 166/Anderson Hill Road fish culvert project was built, in the eastbound direction there are a couple of low spots and a bump coming off the newly-paved area. We have asked the contractor to repair that section of roadway, (but) it’s likely it won’t occur until warmer, drier weather next spring.”
The in basket: Warren Lewis of Seabeck writes, “Could you put a bug in the ear of the county black-toppers to repair the rutted road surface on the Little Beef Creek bridge, especially heading north? I sometimes cross the center line to avoid tire damage.”
The out basket: Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works replied, “Crews patched the pavement last week where it had delaminated from the base pavement as a temporary repair. We plan to resurface the bridge next year when weather allows.”
The in basket: Sam Watland commented on the recent column in which a reader criticized the chip seal paving being done on Gold Creek Road and wrote, “Seems like the same story we heard from the county about the poor patching on Chico Way two years ago. “The promised chip sealing never happened and now our tax dollars are being spent once again to grind up all the poorly done patchwork by the county to be repaved by a contractor.
“When is the county going to be held accountable for wasting our tax dollars?”
The out basket: That wasn’t my recollection of the planned Chico Way work, and I asked if Sam’s recollection was correct?
“No,” says Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works. “Chico Way was not scheduled for a chip seal. The previous work he saw there was preservation work to repair failing areas on the road.
“The most recent work was not repairing poorly done work, rather it was the pre-leveling required that precedes all paving projects.
The paving was scheduled for completion Aug. 5, but was finished about two weeks earlier than that.
The in basket: Nancy Bryant writes, “I have a question about the recent Highway 303 repaving. When traveling on Highway 303, particularly going south near the Ridgetop exits, the road is now really bumpy. The middle lane going south is the worse – my CRV just bumps up and down continually. In the far left lane you can see where there are what look like rake marks weaving back and forth in the paving.
“Were these unevenly paved areas a big mistake or was it intentional? If it was intentional, why?
The out basket: I drove it and wouldn’t call the surface bumpy. Wavy, maybe. I felt a little side to side sway in my 2013 Malibu, and I suppose 10 miles of it might make me motion sick. But it was hard to detect.
Claudia Bingham Baker of the Olympic Region of state highways says, “We sent an inspector out to take a look at that section of road. What he found was that this pavement section does have some unevenness, however it is not out of tolerance for pavement smoothness.
“The rake marks that are present are caused by the paving roller and will go away with time. We plan no corrective action at this time.”
The in basket: I’ve noticed that paving of streets in Parkwood in South Kitsap this year resembles chip seals, but the result is darker in color, smoother and has less loose rock. I asked about it.
The out basket: Jacques Dean, Kitsap County road superintendent, tells me, “These locations were part of a seal coat pilot project. We applied three different applications of emerging pavement preservation methods to three different roadways in South Kitsap County.
“Our intent is to observe these treatments over the next several years to determine if they are methods that we might want to consider for our maintenance toolbox to preserve our roadways in the future. The three different applications are as follows:
– We applied a rubberized chip seal to Madrona Drive SE. This product and application is very similar to our traditional chip seal product. It differs in that the oil that is placed on the road surface includes a crumb rubber component. The rubberized oil has a higher viscosity than our traditional oil and as such, is more pliable, is more resistant to ultra violet degradation and reflective cracking, and provides for a quieter ride.
– We provided a two-part rubberized chip seal / slurry seal to Hillandale Drive E and Hillandale Court. E. Two part applications, such as this, are considered “Cape Seals”. The rubberized chip seal is placed first, and the slurry seal is placed over the chip seal a couple of weeks later, sufficient to allow the chip seal to set up and cure.
“The slurry seal provides for additional sealing of the pavement surface, and also fills the voids between the chip rock, providing for a smoother aesthetic appearance and quieter ride.
– We provided a traditional chip seal / slurry seal to Pine Tree Drive SE and SE Pine Tree Drive. This is also a Cape Seal and provides similar benefits as those mentioned above. The difference in the two is, of course, the rubberized versus the standard chip seal oils. Traditional chip seal oil is more susceptible to ultra violet light degradation and reflective cracking over time than the rubberized oil.
“We will be contracting for another seal coat pilot project in 2016. We have not yet determined the type of preservation method, or locations, as of this time. We will be evaluating potential applications and locations over the fall and winter seasons.
“These ‘new’ preservation methodologies are emerging in the Pacific Northwest, but have been utilized in southern states for decades where warmer temperatures predominate. It is only recently that innovations in technology have allowed for the advancement of asphalt oils that are conducive to our colder and wetter climate.
“This has opened the door for us to investigate these products. Kitsap County is the fourth county in the state, behind Clark, Pierce and Chelan, to apply these techniques.”
The in basket: Craig Ellis says, “There appears to be some
paving work that has yet to be done on
Seabeck Highway in and around the new roundabout at the intersection of Seabeck Highway/Holly Road. I am under the assumption that this paving will be taking place over the next few days.
“My question has to do with how far this paving will extend. As you
are aware, (Puget Sound Energy) tore up the center lane of Seabeck Highway all the way from Triangle Auto Repair near Chico to the Holly Road intersection. When they were finished, what we were left with is a
patch of paving running down the center of the lane that is in a word … horrible. When I’m on my motorcycle, I actually have taken to going all the way down to Newberry Hill Road to get to Holly because
that stretch of road is actually dangerous.
“So my main question is …. during this paving project window on
Seabeck Highway, will it extend all the way down to Chico to correct
the paving job that currently exists?”
The out basket: The stretch from Northlake Way to Calamity Lane will be repaved in the one lane that was trenched and repatched, but it’s not part of the county’s project.
The county found that the patch job in the westbound lane of Seabeck Highway did not repair the highway adequately and is requiring PSE to grind out the existing pavement surface and repave it. Dale Robinson, PSE engineering planner for this area, says they want it to be finished by year’s end, much sooner if possible.
I wondered if the undergrounding of the power lines would permit removal of some or all of the power poles, and the answer is no. One of two circuits running out of the Chico substation and serving Holly Road and beyond will remain on those poles, as will cable and phone lines.
Dale said three power poles were removed, but that was to make way for the roundabout the county just built where Seabeck Highway and Holly Road intersect,
The county’s job will pave both lanes radiating out from the roundabout for a short distance.
The in basket: I went to the city of Bremerton Web site to find out when the next work party will be to clean up the median of the Gateway (Highway 304) on the west side of town, and came across something that surprised me.
I saw a notice that the city is paving this week on Lake Flora Road and West Belfair Valley Road.
I didn’t know any portion of Lake Flora Road was in the city. And though I often write about the deteriorating condition of the city’s portion of West Belfair Valley Road (you may think of it as Old Belfair Highway, its name in Mason County), I thought there was little hope for improvement money in the foreseeable future.
I learned I was sorely out of date in my understanding of how far south along Highway 3 the city limits extend. Bremerton National Airport. the Olympic View Industrial Park and the first stretch of Lake Flora Road from Highway 3 all are in the city.
They all were annexed in 2009, says Allison Satter of city community development. I had thought city jurisdiction there was limited to city watershed land.
The paving this week will be overlaying the existing pavement. Money for the work comes from a grant the city got from the Puget Sound Regional Council. None of if comes from the car tab add-on the city has been collecting for two years. Other streets have been chosen for work with that money this year.
Managing Street Engineer Gunnar Fridriksson said the grant money was for arterial streets only and they chose these two to avoid dealing with sidewalks. The overlay will use a Kevlar fiber in the hot mix to span weak portions of the roads that otherwise would need a much more costly full reconstruction, he said. West Belfair Valley Road will be repaved from Division Street in Gorst to the entrance to Gold Mountain Golf Course. Lake Flora Road paving was from Highway 3 to where county jurisdiction begins.
That SR304 work party that prompted my search is Saturday morning, incidentally.
The in basket: Bob Simonoff, owner of West Shores Interiors on Chico Way writes, “In the past six weeks or so, the county is digging up asphalt on Chico Way NW and replacing it with new strips of asphalt. Today they came back and dug up portions of the road that they had filled a few weeks ago.
“I was just wondering why they are redoing some portions? And what are the costs to taxpayers, for them to re-dig and refill large portions of the street? (not to mention the disruption to our business).”
The out basket: Callene Abernathy of Kitsap County Public Works says the explanation is the same as for what also looked like duplication on Central Valley Road at just about this time last year, subject of a Road Warrior column at the time..
Here is the explanation provided by County Road Superintendent Don Schulz provided then:
““Full depth patching on this section of road was … in response to distressed areas subject to heavy truck and bus traffic.
“…The existing paved shoulders were still in very good condition, and did not need an overlay,” he said. “This allowed us to consider a partial overlay that can result in significant cost savings.
“If you do not overlay the full width of a road surface you must establish a vertical butt joint at the edge of the paving limits. The process of creating that butt joint could lead a passing motorist to conclude we were grinding out the patches we just placed.
“A butt joint is established by grinding a depth of 1½ inches at the outer edge of the travel way to level near the center line of the road. This butt joint did overlap some areas previously patched. We could have left the patches below grade in the interim period between patching and the overlay, but that would have created some safety concerns.
“Using this approach to limit the overlay to the actual travel lanes and creating a butt joint to support that resulted in saving … asphalt, reducing the overlay cost by $40,000 in material alone. The associated labor costs are also lowered by limiting the overlay to the traffic lanes.” (Don figured the savings on Chico Way to be $35,000).
“Some of the fresh patch material was removed, but considering the safety concerns a 1½-inch drop-off would cause in the interim, and the savings created by this approach, I felt the tradeoff was acceptable,” he said.
“It’s also important for readers to know that the asphalt we did remove from the patch is ground up and reused as fill material for shoulder work,” Don said.
The in basket: Orange “Road Work Ahead” and “End of Road Work” signs have sprouted on Highway 3 between Gorst and Highway 304 at Bremerton, and from Silverdale north, and around the Tremont/Old Clifton Road interchange on Highway 16.
I asked what will be done.
The out basket: Project Engineer Mary Lou Nebergall said drivers have been encountering nighttime lane closures in those areas this week, in preparation for repaving to begin Monday.
The westbound ramps at Tremont will be repaved, and the outside lane of Highway 16 from there to Gorst also will be.
All of Gorst will be repaved, and all four lanes between Gorst and Highway 304 will get new asphalt as well.
Two years ago, the outside northbound lane of Highway 3 from 304 to almost Anderson Hill Road in Silverdale was repaved. That work will resume in the outside lane from just south of Anderson Hill Road to the recently rebuilt 3-303 interchange, then pick back up around Trigger Avenue and continue to the Highway 308 interchange.
The state is doing more paving of just the outside lanes of multi-lane highways to make the paving dollars go farther, Mary Lou said. Those lanes take more of a beating because that’s where large trucks must drive.
All work requiring closure of a lane will occur at night Mondays through Thursdays, she said. It will take more than a month before it’s all done, as the paving crews begin at Tremont and work their way north.
The in basket: Betty Ann Sallis e-mails to say, “Late this fall, Stottlemeyer Road was excavated in numerous areas between Lincoln and Gunderson. It was subsequently patched.
“The road is now very uneven with big areas of patching in each lane on both sides. These patches are very uneven and make driving difficult and bumpy.
“The road was actually in pretty good shape before with the exception of a few potholes,” she said. “It now needs a total topcoat but this was only done in two areas – one being the section where it tees at Lincoln.
“Why did they do this? Is there a plan to topcoat the entire road?”
The in basket: Yes, there is, says Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works. What one sees there now “was a pre-level for paving,” he said. “We had planned to pave the road in October, but were unable to get asphalt from our supplier. We were able to get a couple of loads in November that allowed us to pave the tapers off each end. It is planned for one of our first projects during the paving season next year.”