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.


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.
“One would think it would be high on the county’s project list,” he said.
“Apparently personnel that place projects on the … plan have never attended
the Kitsap County Fair or had the misfortune to transit this area during
times of high vehicle and pedestrian traffic.”
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. It has a right-turn lane on McWilliams for
northbound traffic, two left-turn lanes north and southbound on Central
Valley Road, even though NW 64th Street “is less than 200 yards long with
very few homes.” 
The out basket: The Central Valley/McWilliams intersection was widened as
part of a project to straighten that previously curvy spot, says Doug Bear
of Kitsap County Public Works.
That may have predated the current evaluation process and even if not, more
than just the intersection would have been evaluated.
“Mr. Pfobst’s e-mail has been sent on to those who evaluate intersections
for work via the six-year road plan,” Doug added. Also, he said, they are
doing traffic studies and traffic modeling to see if some change in the
timing or phasing of the existing equipment and alignment might improve
things.

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