Lower Stinson Drive to be closed for five weeks

Posted on September 21st, 2021 By:

Preparations for a new roundabout at Harborview Drive and Stinson Avenue will require a much longer but hopefully less disruptive road closure than one two weeks ago.

Photo of relocation of utilities at Harborview Drive and Stinson Avenue in preparation for a new roundabout.

Utility relocation will require lower Stinson Avenue to be closed to through traffic for five weeks. Courtesy of city of Gig Harbor

Stinson will be closed between Harborview and Rosedale Street from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from Sept. 27 through Oct. 31. A detour route will be via Rosedale Street. Local access to Stinson businesses and residences will be maintained, but no through traffic will be allowed.

Harborview Drive will remain open in both directions during the closure. Alternating flagger-controlled lane closures on Harborview will continue until Friday.

According to Public Works Director Jeff Langhelm, the contractor is trying to condense their schedule and do more work in a shorter amount of time which should lessen the impact to the public in the long run, Langhelm said.

A detour map shows a route via Rosedale Street to get around the closure

Drivers will be able to use Rosedale Street to get around the closure. Courtesy of city of Gig Harbor

Harborview was closed around the clock from Sept. 7 to Sept. 11. That, combined with crashes on Highway 16, brought traffic to a standstill at times, particularly on the Borgen Boulevard, where a long detour dumped cars.

To prepare for roundabout construction, contractor Active Construction is relocating sewer, water and stormwater pipes. The work will continue through Oct. 31.

The project will take a winter break and resume on March 1 with regrading the intersection, and installing the new roundabout and associated pedestrian improvements. Work is expected to wrap up in August.