News Release - For Immediate Release
BREMERTON – The City of Bremerton and Olympic College have entered into an interlocal agreement to collaborate on enhancements to the college’s main entrance at the intersection of SR 303 (Warren Avenue) and 16th Street.
The agreement calls for developing conceptual designs to improve the entrance to the college, frontage improvements, and additional improvements including a possible pedestrian overpass and/or underpass on SR 303.
“Olympic College is a regional gem for the Kitsap and Mason County residents and a powerful economic engine for Bremerton and the region. Every day, the College helps our residents achieve their dreams. The City is proud to work with the College in this partnership, which will provide the basis for safety and mobility improvements for students and residents along this busy traffic corridor,” said City of Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler.
SR 303 along Warren Avenue is one of the busiest corridors in Kitsap County, with more with 40,000 vehicles per day at the Warren Avenue Bridge, just north of the College. The college operates facilities on both sides of Warren Avenue, which requires many students to cross this busy road.
The State Legislature recently designated $500,000 for a SR-303 Corridor Study, which includes the area in front of the college. The City of Bremerton and Olympic College has identified an additional $25,000 each ($50,000 total) to develop a conceptual design to improve the SR-303 corridor adjacent to Olympic College.
“This is an incredible opportunity to partner with the City of Bremerton on solutions that will allow people to easily cross the SR-303 (i.e., Warren Avenue) corridor, and for easier vehicular access to the college,” says OC President Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi.
As part of site work for the recently completed College Instruction Center, OC is working with Kitsap Transit to move the bus stop from its current location on 16th Street and Warren Avenue to a new bus shelter adjacent to the building. This change significantly improves safety for students by moving the bus stop to an on-campus location that is well lit and covered.
In addition to moving the bus stop, OC is constructing parking lots on Warren Avenue and Ohio Street that restore 250 parking campus that were displaced by the building’s footprint during construction the past two years.
The City of Bremerton and OC plan to begin conceptual design work related to the interlocal agreement in June, with an estimated completion date late in 2019.
When the conceptual design work is completed, the City and Olympic College will pursue funding for the proposed improvements.
View the Interlocal agreement and preliminary overpass design work, here.