Bucklin Hill Bridge & Estuary Enhancement

Location: Kitsap County, WA
Client: Kitsap County

The Otak team began the work with a holistic approach that enfolded community values, transportation needs, environmental resource protection and enhancement, and recognition of the residents, business owners, and Suquamish tribal members who live, work, and play in the area. Otak replaced a roadway embankment and two 72-inch culverts with a 240-foot three-span bridge, widening the road to five lanes, traffic signals, roadway and pedestrian lighting, storm drainage improvements, and amenities for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project also includes an energy dissipater structure designed to handle a 100-year storm event of 200 cubic feet per second. It was designed to avoid fish entrapment and impingement. Otak also designed overlooks, which serve to accentuate access to trails and a beach area. Furnished with benches and raised planters, the overlooks create attractive areas to enjoy the view of Dyes Inlet and the Clear Creek estuary.