Blakely Ave. federal stimulus project nearing completion

The city will begin the final phase of federally-funded bicycle and pedestrian improvements along Blakely Avenue.

The project, which extends from Bucklin Hill Road to the IslandWood environmental learning center’s driveway, was one of three Kitsap County transportation projects awarded federal stimulus funding.

The final phase includes the widening of Blakely’s north shoulder across from Blakely Elementary School. Work crews have already installed a new sidewalk linking the Blakely Heights neighborhood with the school, a drop-off area on the south side of Baker Hill Road to ease congestion in the school parking lot, and new road center islands with solar-powered beacons to slow traffic.

The project’s construction costs will likely come in under budget. Initially estimated at $67,000, the project’s contractor bid at just over $46,600.

“We were very pleased to receive such a reasonable bid,” acting Public Works Director Bob Earl said in a statement. “With city staff costs and contingency funds included, the total project budget is estimated at $96,000 – considerably less than the (stimulus) funding. This means that island residents will benefit from the project with no (local) tax dollars expended.”

Approximately $50,000 of the $150,000 stimulus award is expected to return to Kitsap County for reallocation in a future funding round.

One thought on “Blakely Ave. federal stimulus project nearing completion

  1. thanks for this info, tristan, since the city failed to notify us about it (and, in fact, told us they were not going to do this work). we and our neighbors are going to have a major chunk of land removed from across the front of our property for what seems to be better parking for the school, which does not conform to the purpose of the federal $, that is, improved pedestrian and biking access.

    if they are going to do all this work, then they really should add an overhead street light at the corner of Blakely and Baker Hill. they seem to be encouraging walking but leading them to a potentially dangerous, dark corner (where my child was almost hit by car). and it sounds like they have extra money for it.

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