Crown in Road Causes Cars to ‘Bottom Out’

The in basket: Richard Williams of Wicks Lake told me more than a year ago that the crown on Sidney Road in Port Orchard for those crossing it on Sedgwick Road is excessive and causes cars regularly to bottom out. “A depressed trench patch running laterally on Sidney makes it worse,” he said.


The in basket: Richard Williams of Wicks Lake told me more than a year ago that the crown on Sidney Road in Port Orchard for those crossing it on Sedgwick Road is excessive and causes cars regularly to bottom out. “A depressed trench patch running laterally on Sidney makes it worse,” he said.
The out basket: I tried this out a few times and for anyone crossing Sidney on Sedgwick at the posted speed of 40 mph or more it certainly provides a disturbing bounce.
It’s much less so at 25 mph, which seems a more reasonable speed for passing through a signalized intersection with a store on two corners.
In truth, I didn’t find many occasions when I could maintain 40 mph to cross there. Most the times I tried, the light was red and I was starting from a dead stop or had to slow down for cars getting started when the light turned green.
It all may be a moot point soon, as the city of Port Orchard and owners of the business buildings constructed in the northwest quadrant in the past year are teaming up to repave the intersection. The weather appears to have put the work on hold for now, but city Public Works Director Maher Abed said they will balance drivability with drainability when deciding on the slope of the new pavement and that might eliminate most if not all of the bounce.

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