Tremont widening project moves on

The city of Port Orchard is holding an open house next week featuring a presentation on proposed project improvements for the Tremont Street Widening Project approved by the city last year.

The open house will follow the presentation to discuss preliminary layouts and answer questions about the project.

“We wanted to open it up because individuals might have concerns about their individual properties,” said Maher Abed, public works director for the city of Port Orchard.

Since the last open house on the project in October, the city’s design team has continued to develop preliminary designs for the project. Public comments received during the last gathering, along with additional traffic analysis, field survey mapping and soils investigations, were considered in the “refinement” of both the traditional boulevard and roundabout concepts that were presented at the first open house.

According to Abed, the evaluation of these refined concepts identified six basic elements for inclusion in the preferred solution for the corridor:

n two “through” lanes in each direction from State Route 16 to Port Orchard Boulevard;

n a landscaped median from SR-16 to Pottery Avenue;

n a center two-way left-turn Lane from Pottery Avenue to Port Orchard Boulevard;

n bike lanes in each direction from SR-16 to Port Orchard Boulevard

n roundabouts at the intersections of South Kitsap Boulevard and Pottery Avenue; and,

n and option for a roundabouts at SR-16 ramp terminal intersections.

The decision to construct roundabouts, in lieu of traffic signals, at South Kitsap Boulevard and Pottery Avenue comes after significant evaluation and analysis by the project design team.

The design team used criteria based on design issues from the first open house, along with underlying project schedule and cost considerations, to rate the traffic signal and roundabout options.

Abed said he hopes the preliminary design will be completed next month, the detailed engineering design completed in July and the right-of-way acquisition completed by December. He expects project construction to commence next spring.

For more information, call Abed at (360)876-4991, or e-mail

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