The in basket: I noticed the other day as I drove Northlake Way on my way to the Seabeck area that there is only one long straight stretch between Kitsap Way and the top of the serpentine hill that leads past the Mountaineers’ Forest theater where you might dare to pass another vehicle. But it’s striped as a no-passing zone, with double yellow lines on the straight stretch between Lebers Lane and the auto repair shop in the triangle where Seabeck Highway begins.
I’ve heard a number of complaints, probably from residents there, about speeding traffic, but no one has ever written me about the inability to pass despite no visibility issues.
I asked why it’s a no-passing zone.
The out basket: Jeff Shea, Kitsap County’s traffic engineer, tells me, “The Northlake Way striping was done in error. The striping crew inadvertently left the solid line paint guns on through the entire corridor.
“To correct this error would require several days of grinding the existing paint off and repainting the centerline. For such a short section of roadway we made the decision to leave the current line as it is. When the road receives a surface treatment such as a complete overlay, the centerline configuration will be reevaluated.”
I doubt that that explanation would cut much ice with an officer who saw a person pass there and stopped the driver for improper passing.
No asphalt overlay is scheduled for the forseeable future.