Washington State Route 303 - History

History

The original route of SR 303, connecting Bremerton to Brownsville and Keyport first appeared on maps in 1933 as a gravel road. In 1937, the roadway was added to the state highway system as Secondary State Highway 21B (SSH 21B), traveling from Primary State Highway 21 (PSH 21) in Bremerton to PSH 21 at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. A branch of SSH 21B that served Illahee State Park was added in 1961, and became State Route 306 (SR 306) during the 1964 highway renumbering. SSH 21B became SR 303 in the same renumbering, however the segment from Keyport to Bangor became SR 308 in 1971. A spur route of SR 303, serving the Manette Bridge, was also added to the highway system, but was removed in 1991. SR 303 was re-routed in 1991 onto the new Waaga Way grade-separated freeway bypass of Silverdale that was built in the late 1970s. No major revisions to SR 303 have been made since 1991, however the Manette Bridge is still maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation and was rebuilt in November 2011. Recently, the Wheaton Way section of SR 303 in Bremerton has been remodeled, resulting in traffic on the Warren Avenue Bridge.


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