- Through October 2013, the local gas utility company is working adjacent to SR 3 to relocate its utilities in preparation for the widening project. Motorists can expect daytime shoulder closures and nighttime single-lane closures along SR 3 during the utility work.
The gas line relocation work will be complete in October. However, similar work will continue through February, 2014 as four other utility companies do relocation work on utilities both below and above ground. Similar traffic control restrictions will be in place.
- This widening project will extend the center turn lane and provide paved shoulders and sidewalks on both sides of SR 3. Based on funding availability and estimated costs, the improvements are intended to be conducted in two stages.
- Stage 1 of the project would begin at milepost 25.36 (just south of Belfair Elementary School and Theler Center) to milepost 27.08 (Ridge Point Blvd.) Current project funding is adequate to construct this stage based on current estimates.
- Stage 2 of the project from milepost 24.91 (intersection with SR 106) to milepost 25.36 (just south of Belfair Elementary and Theler Center) is unfunded at this time.
- The design office is defining the project footprint to determine environmental impacts and to quanitfy the additional right of way needed to construct the improvements.
Why is WSDOT
widening SR 3 through Belfair?
Drivers routinely experience congestion, delay and sudden stops for left turns. This project will relieve congestion and improve safety for both the traveling public and pedestrians.
The End Result
The end result is a wider, safer highway with reduced congestion. Key new features include a full length two-way left turn lane, wider shoulders, and new sidewalks.
New stormwater treatment facilities will help to improve water quality in nearby waterways.
- Mobility - An improved, full-length left turn lane and revised access points (driveways) will reduce congestion and provide more efficient traffic movement.
- Safety - The project improves bicycle and pedestrian safety, improves lighting at intersections and reduces potential conflict points.
- Environment - New stormwater facilities will collect and treat highway run-off.
What is the project timeline?
This project is currently in the design phase. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2013.
|Financial Data for PIN 300344D
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
This project is funded through the following sources:
- 2005 Gas Tax (Partnership Funding) - $18.1 million
- Total Funding Available From All Sources - $18.1 million
How can I get more information?
Design Project Engineer
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