Wheaton Off-Ramp Is Finally on the Way

The in basket: I noticed some painted markings on the pavement on the north approach to the Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton and wondered if the city is finally going to add an off-ramp for southbound traffic, something I can recall writing was going to be done years ago. I asked Luke Korpi, managing engineer for public works in the city.


The in basket: I noticed some painted markings on the pavement on the north approach to the Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton and wondered if the city is finally going to add an off-ramp for southbound traffic, something I can recall writing was going to be done years ago. I asked Luke Korpi, managing engineer for public works in the city.
The out basket: It really is imminent this time, Luke told me, and I probably saw some utility markings preparing for it. It’ll be done next year, he said.
It will allow southbound drivers who now have to turn left at Sheridan Road in order to reach Harrison Hospital and points along Old Wheaton Way to instead take a ramp farther down the hill that will drop them onto Callahan Drive and from there down to the T-intersection at Lebo Boulevard.
It’s been in city plans for at least 10 years, when a Harrison Neighborhood plan was developed and called for it. Two years ago, the city finally got the money to do it from the state Transportation Improvement Board.
It will cost about $920,000.
While it will help move traffic along northbound on Wheaton Way by reducing the length of time needed for left-turns onto Sheridan, its main purpose it to make it easier to get to the hospital and Manette, he said.
There still is no plan for a traffic signal at Callahan and Lebo, despite the increase in traffic the new ramp will create there. There’s almost no left turn traffic there now, so perhaps the cars coming off the bridge approach will not face much of a wait.

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