Map shows area near SR 3 in Mason County where Environmental Assessment is being conducted. Currently, there is only funding for the Environmental Assessment, not construction.See larger image
Why is WSDOT
planning to construct a bypass around the Belfair urban area?
A bypass around the Belfair urban area would provide a reliable high-speed route between Kitsap and Mason counties.
A bypass would also reduce congestion and improve safety through Belfair and provide an alternate route for emergency vehicles.
See the preliminary design in this aerial graphic (pdf 2.3 mb)
The End Result
The proposed SR 3 Belfair Bypass would provide a solution to the immediate and long-range regional transportation mobility and safety needs of the SR 3 corridor in northeast Mason and southwest Kitsap counties. The completed project will provide a two-lane highway on a new alignment with a proposed speed limit of 60 mph that will move regional traffic from Shelton to Bremerton around Belfair.
It will ensure efficient movement of freight, commute trips between Kitsap and Mason counties, accommodate seasonal influxes of tourist traffic, and serve general traffic needs through to the design year 2035. It will also serve as an alternate route in case of highway closures from collision or incidents on existing SR 3 in Belfair.
- Reduces congestion and improves mobility by providing a thru route around the Belfair urban area.
- Reduces potential for collisions on SR 3 thru Belfair.
- Provides an alternative route for emergency responders.
What is the project timeline?
Comments on the Environmental Assessment will be accepted until March 31, 2013.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
This project is funded from the following sources:
State - $1,180,000
Total funding for Environmental Assessment - $1,180,000
Currently there is no funding for future phases of the project.
How can I get more information?
Jeff Sawyer, Environmental Manager
Olympic Region Environmental & Hydraulics Office
PO Box 47417
Olympia, WA 98504-7417
WSDOT Olympic Region Communications
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