The Washington State Department of Transportation will fund $1.5 million of a new $2.8 million roundabout at the corner of Bethel Avenue and Lincoln Street. (City of Port Orchard illustration)

The Washington State Department of Transportation will fund $1.5 million of a new $2.8 million roundabout at the corner of Bethel Avenue and Lincoln Street. (City of Port Orchard illustration)

WSDOT to fund $1.5 million of new Bethel Avenue roundabout

City study states 240 accidents occurred along Bethel Corridor between 2014 and 2018

PORT ORCHARD — The Washington State Department of Transportation has confirmed it is providing a $1.5 million grant to the City of Port Orchard for a new $2.8 million roundabout at the corner of Bethel Avenue and Lincoln Street.

City officials said in a Jan. 5 news release that the federally appropriated funds are part of the state’s City Safety Program designed to reduce serious and often fatal injury crashes on city and town streets using engineering improvements and countermeasures.

The City of Port Orchard submitted its local roadway safety plan to improve traffic safety in March that identified the busy corner of Bethel and Lincoln as having the highest number and most severe collisions between 2014 and 2018. City officials said more than 240 accidents occurred along the Bethel Avenue corridor during that timeframe. According to WSDOT, roundabouts reduce collisions by up to 75 percent over intersections with stop signs and traffic signals.

“We’ve been planning for necessary traffic improvements on the Bethel Corridor for a number of years,” said Port Orchard Mayor Rob Putaansuu.

“The Bethel Corridor is a high priority for the City and we will be pursuing additional grants to make much-needed improvements,” he said. “The City Safety Program is the first step toward our goal of improving the entire commercial corridor.”

Construction is anticipated to be completed by November 2022.

More in News

Stonechild Chiefstick
Chiefstick’s family gets $2 million in lawsuit against Poulsbo

Poulsbo has settled the federal civil rights and state wrongful death lawsuits… Continue reading

Cast members of Olympic College film student R.S. Powell’s thesis film “Ghost in the Graveyard.”
Hoping he has a ghost of a chance in film industry

Olympic College student makes horror flick at NK locations

One of the parking spots on Front Street that will be designated for short-term parking and loading areas for nearby businesses. Courtesy Photos
3 downtown spots to be short-term loading areas

Council also approves new contract with Poulsbo police

.
Port Orchard city public hearing on fireworks ordinance

Hearing is set for March 22 in City Hall

Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard
Caldier sets virtual town hall meeting

Session is planned for Thursday, March 24

.
137 new COVID cases confirmed in Kitsap in the past week

Over the last week, Kitsap’s case rate per 100,000 residents has dropped significantly to 32.3

.
Escape from the horrors in Ukraine

Mother and her sons make a harrowing journey out of war-torn Kyiv to South Kitsap

.
Legislature 2022: What passed and what didn’t

Lawmakers pass $64.1 billion supplemental state budget

Most Read