Confusing Poulsbo Lanes Will Stay Put for Now

The in basket: Ernest Behrle says “For quite a while I’ve noticed a problem at the intersection of Bond Road and Highway 305. Drivers coming off of Highway 3,
unfamiliar with the intersection and wanting to go straight on through or to
Kingston don’t realize they need to be in the center lane. They don’t
realize that the right-hand lane is not a through lane but right turn only
until they’re almost at the intersection. They then suddenly pull into the
center lane and can cause an accident by the sudden and desperate lane
changes.


The in basket: Ernest Behrle says “For quite a while I’ve noticed a problem at the intersection of Bond Road and Highway 305. Drivers coming off of Highway 3,
unfamiliar with the intersection and wanting to go straight on through or to
Kingston don’t realize they need to be in the center lane. They don’t
realize that the right-hand lane is not a through lane but right turn only
until they’re almost at the intersection. They then suddenly pull into the
center lane and can cause an accident by the sudden and desperate lane
changes.
“There is a sign indicating the right lane is right turn only but
it’s too close to the intersection. The sign needs to be moved or
a second sign added much farther west towards Highway 3 so that drivers
have more time to get into the center lane. I think the
best and least expensive is to add the second sign rather than moving the
signs,” Ernest concluded.
The out basket: The state disagrees. “After reviewing the area and looking into the possibility of moving one of the three signs further back,” says Lisa Murdock of the Olympic Region. “we found three ‘ Right Lane Must Turn Right ‘ signs to be in the best locations at this time.
“However, this location will change in the next construction contract ‘Hostmark to Bond Road.’ Once the new HOV lanes are constructed south of the intersection, the highway will be re-striped and new signs installed. The existing right lane will become a through lane and striped as such. The extra pavement to the right will be signed and striped to create a new right-turn lane.
“This new configuration matches typical user expectation and should eliminate the confusion in the future. She recommended an online visit to the project Web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR305/PoulsboSouthtoBondRd to learn more.

2 thoughts on “Confusing Poulsbo Lanes Will Stay Put for Now

  1. Taking the confusion out of the 3-305-Bond road mess is as simple as
    painting the left lane as the left turn only lane and the right lane as
    the through lane, adding the right turn only lane close to Bond Road.
    One man w/paint and brush could realign the lanes and paint some
    directional arrows in each lane and voila.!! No more roadracers passing
    on the right and crowding back into the through lane at the last minute.
    The left turners are lined up in an orderly manner all the way to highway
    3 (sometimes it is that bad) if
    necessary and so are the throughs. What few right turners there are are
    easily accommodated and are no
    hinderance to anyone. END OF CONFUSION

  2. I travel the 305 on a daily basis. What I find is that the drivers that seemed “confused” are not. They are simply trying to get ahead of everyone else befor the intersection. It is the same “me first” attitude that the same “confused” moterists use at the 305 to 3 on-ramp. I use due diligence and drive the speed limit, mind my place in line…and WATCH-EM!

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