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Paving now underway in North Mason
A new paving project is expected to start this week, with crews working in Belfair later this month, to create smoother roads and easier drives.
Construction started last week in the Silverdale area, moving south to Bremerton.
At the end of July, crews will begin working on state Route 3 near the McDonald's in Belfair and move north to the Bremerton National Airport.
Most of the work will take place at night, according to Doug Adamson, spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Drivers can expect to see reduced speed limits from 60 mph to 35 mph within the construction zones, and single-lane closures during the night.
The project includes paving in Belfair, from Silverdale to Bremerton, and parts of Sam Christopherson Avenue West and Auto Center Way in Bremerton.
The project will cost about $2.3 million, Adamson said.
"It's good because it'll be a better ride for drivers, but it will also save money down the road," Adamson said. "What we're doing is preserving the infrastructure. It becomes more expensive the later you do it."
Lakeside Industries, a paving company based in Issaquah, is the contractor for the work.
In addition, paving on the Belfair widening project was scheduled to start this week.
Paving was slated to begin on the west side of state Route 3 between the Belfair Masonic Lodge and the Mary E. Theler Community Center.
According to a release from the Washington State Department of Transportation, crews will close one lane at 8 p.m. and paving will continue through about 4 a.m.
Paving will continue throughout the summer during night hours. Since pavement is placed in layers, the final paving will not take place until next summer.
Crews will also continue drainage and widening work on the east side of state Route 3 in the same area throughout the summer.
Adamson encourages drivers to be alert as they pass through construction zones this summer.
"We'd like people to keep their heads up in work zones â€” put down the cellphone, keep an eye out, keep your head up," he said. "This is something we're really concerned about."
Adamson said the No. 1 cause of accidents in construction zones is inattentive drivers.
For more information on either project, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/regions/olympic and click "Mason County Projects."
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