The City has received a $692,000 grant to construct pedestrian improvements at the following five locations:
Kitsap Way at Harlow Drive
Kitsap Way and 11th Street
High Avenue and 11th Street
High Avenue and 6th Street
SR304 and 1st Street
The improvements will include American’s with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk ramps and crosswalk buttons at each location, along with enhanced lighting, crosswalk markings and signage where needed. At Kitsap Way and Harlow Drive and at SR304 and 1st Street an enhanced pedestrian crossing signal called a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) will be installed. The City currently has an RRFB in operation at Lower Wheaton Way and Campbell Way. At High Avenue and 6th Street a pedestrian traffic signal called a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) will be installed. The signal will control traffic like a standard traffic signal, allowing pedestrians a safe crossing.
A video from WisDOT on how a PHB signal works
A video from OregonDOT on how a RRFB works
The City has awarded the construction contract to Massana Construction Inc. Construction will occur in two main phases, the first phase will consist of demolition and the rebuilding of the concrete sidewalk ramps and curbs as well as pavement markings. Each intersection will be completed separately. Phase 1 is scheduled to begin the week of 8/1 and is scheduled for completion in early October. The intersections will be phased as follows:
SR304 & 1st Street – Phase one complete, phase two will begin in December 2016.
Kitsap Way & 11th Street – began 8/8/16
Kitsap Way & Harlow – Phase one complete, phase two will begin in December 2016.
6th Street & High Avenue – began 8/22/16
11th Street & High Avenue – begins week of 9/12/16
Phase 2 consists of all electrical and signal work at each intersection. This phase will begin when electrical and signal equipment has been received. Electrical and signal equipment used for this type of project has long lead times, typically 8 to 12 weeks.
During construction sidewalk closures and detours should be expected. Pedestrians should use caution and be prepared to cross at marked crossings to get around closures. Temporary traffic lane shifts will also be necessary. More detailed information regarding the traffic and pedestrian impacts at each location will be posted as construction for each intersection begins.