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Congestion relief in sight for southbound SR 3 drivers in Bremerton

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 08:54

Doug Adamson, communications, 360-357-2716

BREMERTON – A quicker trip and shorter backups are in store for people who use State Route 3 near Charleston Boulevard (SR 304) in Bremerton.

As early as this week, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will open a new southbound lane on SR 3. Portions of the shoulder were rebuilt and the highway restriped to create a second southbound lane through the interchange.

“We’re expecting immediate benefits for drivers using southbound SR 3,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Michele Britton. “Additionally, it will be a smoother ride now that portions of SR 3 and Charleston Boulevard are repaved.”

Drivers traveling on westbound Charleston Boulevard approaching SR 3 soon will also notice some changes with a new second lane through the overpass, and a new merge into the added southbound lane of SR 3.

Remaining project improvements includes new traffic cameras at West Loxie Eagans Boulevard and the junction of SR 3 and SR 304 that will be active by the end of the year.

Funded by the Connecting Washington package, the project’s initial budget was $4.2 million. By using Practical Solutions, WSDOT reduced the cost to $2.45 million, with the savings going toward future transportation improvements.

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