Monthly Archives: May 2006

Lesson in School-Zone Light Discrepancies

The in basket: The Road Warrior gets a lot of questions from drivers who seen oddities in the flashing lights that indicate school zones and when the speed limit is 20 miles per hour there.
Wes Moore said in February, “The lights don’t necessarily blink in coordination with school hours. I’ve seen them blinking when all children have been safely in their classrooms for over half an hour). Similarly, I’ve seen children walking home on early release Thursdays with no lights blinking.”

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Readers Curious About Cameras at Intersections

The in basket: Alan Kieser of Silverdale writes, “I have recently noticed at the intersection of Tracyton Boulevard and Bucklin Hill roads that there is a camera mounted on the traffic signal pole spanning the roadway and it’s pointed north. Can you find out what it is for? It would be nice to know what is being monitored.”
Also curious about a camera-like device is Cindy Clark of Port Orchard, who sees something on top of a steel pole on Port Orchard Boulevard near Tremont Street that looks like it might be a camera.

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Intersection Decisions Leave Reader Scratching His Head

The in basket: George Pfost of Bremerton found it strange that the
intersection of Central Valley and Fairgrounds roads in Central Kitsap had
never received the kind of citizen complaint that would get it considered
for Kitsap County’s six-year road improvement plan, as reported April 10 in
Road Warrior.
He wondered how the more lightly used intersection of Central Valley and
McWilliams roads and NW 64th Street, less than half a mile south of there,
got to be so much wider.

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Almira Drive Stop to Get Crosswalk

The in basket: Virginia Pace wrote in April to say, “I have noted that on Almira Drive, which serves Kitsap Mental Health, there are two covered  bus stops used by many patients of KMH.  There is no cross walk from KMH to the covered bus stop going northwest, hence, the emotionally compromised KMH patients are crossing the street, in an unsafe manner.  These patients need to be protected by a cross walk

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Leak on Highway 166 Slated for Road Work

The in basket: Don Brandvold wrote in March to say, “On Highway 166 in the middle of the road in front of Dockside marina I have noticed a leak that has been there for the last 5 years.
The reason it jogged my memory was that the weather was so cold a couple of weeks ago that the water had frozen as it ran across the road. Water can be seen slowly running across the road there all year around.
I was wondering if this will ever be repaired, and who needs to repair it, the county or state?

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Traffic Inhibits Free Right Turn onto Ridgetop Blvd

The in basket: There’s a lot more to the conflict at the southbound off-ramp from Highway 303 to Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale than just people stopping before turning right when they don’t have to, reaction to the May 5 Road Warrior on that subject has made clear.
The proximity of Sid Uhinck Drive to the off-ramp complicates the matter considerably, four readers have said.

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Stop First, Then Creep Forward for a Peek

The in basket: Laura Jackley read the May 1 Road Warrior saying one must stop for the stop bar or crosswalk at an intersection, not at the stop sign, which is usually a few feet back from those other points.
She wrote, “I was taught, years ago, as was my daughter just recently in driver’s ed
school, that one must stop BEFORE the stop sign and inch out to have
unobstructed visibility. Not the case, anymore?”

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Yes, Driving on Freeway ‘Gores’ is Considered Against the Law

The in basket: I noticed in driving on Highway 18 between Auburn and I-90 lately that many of the areas between freeway on-ramps and the main line, called “gores” in the highway business, have a series of painted or raised-dot Vs connecting the two white lines.
I suspected they are to raise a question in the driver’s mind about whether he or she should be driving there (it’s against the law), but I haven’t seen any of the chevrons in our area. I asked about them.

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