Work starts on new Bethel Avenue and Bay Street roundabout in Port Orchard

PORT ORCHARD – A project in Port Orchard will replace an aging traffic signal with a modern roundabout. Construction is set for the intersection of Bethel Avenue (State Route 166) and Bay Street with preliminary work scheduled to start July 6. Depending on weather, the roundabout will open this fall.

Keep travelers moving during construction

The work will be done in phases. As work progresses, travelers will see one-way alternating traffic with temporary traffic signals. People can expect added congestion during construction.

There also will be a temporary bicycle and pedestrian detour around the intersection. Customers will notice modified access to some nearby businesses which remain open. Nighttime travelers can also expect occasional overnight closures of the intersection.

The project will help improve traffic flow while reducing the potential for serious injury collisions. Studies have shown that roundabouts improve safety for all travelers. Roundabouts typically result in:

  • A 37% reduction in overall collisions.
  • A 75% reduction in injury collisions.
  • A 90% reduction in fatality collisions.

There will also be improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists. Roundabouts typically reduce pedestrian collisions by 40%. Learn more about roundabout benefits on the WSDOT roundabout webpage.

Heads up, phones down in work zones

WSDOT encourages drivers to avoid distractions. Traffic fines double in work zones. WSDOT has tools to help travelers. Kitsap County travelers are encouraged to sign up for email updates. Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and real-time map.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.