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Tell me more, reader asks about restoration of Silverdale streets

The out basket: Dave Kugler was unimpressed with the county’s answer as to whether the streets of Silverdale would be restored with a full overlay when Silverdale Water District’s water main replacement project is over. The answer was no, but that any patches that didn’t meet county standards would have to be brought up to those standards.

Dave wrote, “There is no doubt that the contractor has turned Silverdale Way into a tire and suspension torture track and that significant upgrades will be required to many of the patches.

“Can you clarify why we have to pay the county to inspect this work and then formally require further repairs? The contractor, hopefully, is already working to county standards and will fix these issues without further time and expense beyond the contract.

“Then please clarify that the contractor, not the county, will be paying for the needed additional work. I can only hope the contractor is doing better work under the surface than what we see and experience on the top.”

 The out basket:  Dale Blackwood, the county’s lead right of way inspector, who provided the original answer, responded to this one too.

 “All work done by contractors working in county-owned rights-of-way requires a permit,” Dale said. “The cost of the permit includes fees charged to Silverdale Water to cover inspections for the duration of the project.

“Their permit also requires, and we regularly receive, compaction tests for materials used during all phases of the project. We work closely with the contractor doing the work on this project for Silverdale Water. The contractor is responsible for the cost of any additional work required by our periodic inspections.

“Prior to a final inspection accepting their work, all work must comply with county road standards. Silverdale Water has a 2-year bond with their contractor to ensure any additional work needed to accept the project, as well as any deficiencies emerging during that period, are addressed and paid for through the bond.

“This is a long and extensive water main replacement project and the contractor has been responsive to issues, even if we called them during weekends and holidays. With the large amount of rain this spring and the volume of traffic that regularly uses Silverdale Way, the maintenance end of this project has been challenging. We continue to work with the contractor and Silverdale Water to ensure this challenge is met,” he said.

Silverdale Way repaving still coming

The in basket: Lee Hanson wonders what became of plans to permanently repair Silverdale Way near Carlton Street, where a water main break last fall produced a rough temporary patch.

The last he (and I) had heard, Silverdale Water District was doing temporary repairs as needed at Kitsap County’s direction until the district was ready to replace some aging water mains in that area this summer, after which a permanent repaving would be done.

The out basket: Work will begin soon, says General Manager Morgan Johnson of the water district.

They didn’t want to have the road torn up during last weekend’s Whaling Days, he said, but the contractor they have chosen for the $195,000 project, Liden Land Development, has been busy elsewhere. So it may begin the first week in August. He hopes it will be complete by the end of August, before school starts, Morgan said.

It means the street will be torn up during the Kitsap County Fair, he said, but if the county approves, Liden will do the work at night, minimizing that impact. They’ll be digging on one side of the road or the other between Lowell Street and Anderson Hill Road.

What’s eating at Silverdale Way near Carlton Street?

The in basket: Larry Guidici writes, “I drive through Silverdale regularly.  What is going on under the surface of Silverdale Way adjacent to the tractor store?  

“(Several)  weeks ago the surface became ‘mogully’ across the direction of traffic.  There was some work done on either side of the roadway, at the curbs.  But the moguls are between the two work areas where a bazzillion cars drive each day.  Am I in danger of driving into a crevasse?  Or worse, a Kitsap County storm drain?”

The out basket: The roughness resulted from a water main break on Nov. 7, says Eric Pickard of the Silverdale Water District.

Since then, the water district has been making intermittent repairs when the surface gets too bad, as directed by Kitsap County, Eric says. The patch that stretches across the road near Carlton Street, done Feb. 10, was the most recent work.

They will permanently repair it next summer. They will be replacing a number of water mains installed in the 1940s between Anderson Hill Road and Lowell Street, then give about 70 feet of Silverdale Way a finished paving across all four or five lanes. Eric says he expects that to happen in June or July.

Incidentally, the water main break could have done a lot more damage had not water district Maintenance Manager Tim Knapp happened past the spot just after water from the break surfaced that Saturday night and called in repair crews immediately. A major sink hole might have developed had the problem gone unnoticed for a couple hours, Eric said.