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April 26, 2017

Kitsap bridge is APWA's top project

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Bucklin Hill bridge near Dyes Inlet reduces traffic congestion in Silverdale, while improving an estuary and fish migration.

A project in Kitsap County that shut down Bucklin Hill Road for a year has won state and national Project of the Year awards from the American Public Works Association.

The Bucklin Hill Bridge and Estuary Enhancement project involved building a 240-foot-long bridge near Dyes Inlet to reduce traffic congestion in Silverdale while enhancing the Clear Creek estuary and fish migration.

The new four-lane bridge has bike paths, sidewalks and two scenic overlooks.

Closing the road that carries 20,000 vehicles a day saved $2 million and allowed Granite Construction to work on several areas simultaneously.

The three-span bridge replaced an old roadway embankment and two 72-inch culverts. The road grade was raised 5 feet for clearance under the new bridge and to accommodate adjacent properties and roadways.

Granite worked with Exeltech Consulting on structural engineering changes that saved $300,000 and reduced impacts on the estuary. Otak led the design team.

State awards will be presented Thursday at the local APWA chapter's spring conference in Tacoma. The Bucklin Hill project will also be recognized at the national APWA conference this summer in Florida.

Other winners of state awards were Cushman Trail (Gig Harbor), SR 542 Anderson Creek culvert (WSDOT), 2016 pedestrian safety improvements (Wenatchee), Port of Tacoma Road reconstruction (Tacoma), SR 520 Floating Bridge and landings (WSDOT), Redondo Boardwalk replacement (Des Moines), 212th Street emergency waterline replacement (Lynnwood), Elliott Bay Seawall Project (Seattle DOT) and Tacoma Avenue South Bridge (Tacoma).

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