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Washouts in Bremerton, North Mason to be repaired


The in basket: Gary Reed asked on the Road Warrior blog at kitsapsun.com what the plans are for repairing the washout on old Wheaton Way near East 18th Street in Bremerton, one victim of the infamous December 2007 deluge. Since then concrete barrier has sealed off the steep embankment at that site and traffic lanes have been narrowed and moved away from it. 

While I was inquiring, I asked about yet another washout from that storm, which has reduced Sand Hill Road in North Mason County to a single lane past the same kind of concrete barriers. 

The out basket: Larry Matel of the city of Bremerton street engineers and Mason County engineer Bob Thuring say both their jurisdictions are awaiting bureaucratic approval to get the repair done this year. 

Larry says the plans for their repair were submitted to the state Department of Transportation this spring, and “final construction will be determined based upon the time frame of the state to review plans and approve construction funding.  We are hopeful for construction this summer season.”

Bob’s reply nearly echoed Larry’s. “We have a complete design and have acquired the easements from (the state Department of Natural Resources) for construction.  We are currently working on getting approval of our right of way plan through the state department of transportation.  At that point WSDOT will release the construction funding and we can advertise the project.  I really hate to speculate on how long that process will take but we plan to build the project this summer/fall.

The state must approve the work because it administers federal “pass-through” money such as will pay for most of the work.

Bear Creek-Dewatto jersey barriers raise questions

The in basket: Gregg McFarlan asks via e-mail about the purpose of the jersey barriers at the intersection of Bear Creek-Dewatto and Sand Hill roads in North Mason County.

Large berms of crushed rock line Bear-Creek-Dewatto Road on both shoulders, with jersey barriers keeping the rock out of the roadway.

“It looks like Mason County is trying a cheap fix for road repair and wetland issues. This attempt makes the road rough and potentially unsafe,’ Gregg said.

The out basket: County Engineer Bob Thuring of Mason County Public Works says, “Mason County is planning on rebuilding the Bear Creek- Dewatto Road thru the area in question.  That portion of the road is constructed through a peat bog.  In order to widen the road bed through the bog, we have constructed a “surcharge” fill (about 4 feet deeper than the existing road elevation) to compress or displace the peat from under the widened road section.  

“This will help stabilize the new roadway,” he said.  “We installed the jersey barriers along each side of the road to prevent vehicles for running into the surcharge.  At the time of rebuilding Bear Creek-Dewatto, the surcharge will be removed and the new road section constructed.

“I recognize the roadway becomes rough at times due to the settlement.  We have our crews working regularly to regrade the surface of the road to correct the settlement areas.”