Monthly Archives: January 2007

Getting the snow and ice off

The in basket: The last time we had a prolonged snow siege like the one finally ending, the state came in for pointed criticism for the condition of Highway 16. This time around, I haven’t heard any complaints about the state, but Kitsap County is catching it.
Penny Percenti, who signed herself Trapped in Manchester, asked why Mile Hill Drive east of Long Lake Road “is still a sheet of ice five days after the major snowfall? Is there a reason we don’t use salt in Kitsap County, especially on hills as treacherous as Mile Hill Drive? ”
And Harold Abbott of Alki View Court off Alaska Avenue near Manchester said he feels their neighborhood had been “abandoned by the county.”

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Why just roundtrip toll collection?

The in basket: Colleen Slater of Vaughn in Pierce County writes “It’s my understanding that one of the reasons for the toll on the new (Tacoma Narrows) bridge only is due to a promise by the Legislature that the current bridge would never be tolled again.
“I know that’s the opinion of the locals who are a bit older than I,” she said, “and they’re adamant about it, and we figure that’s why the new bridge will have a roundtrip toll on it.

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When stop lights ignore motorcycles

The in basket: Ray Sprinkle writes, “I ride a small motorcycle around town and there are times when I’m the only one waiting for a red light to change, but it doesn’t change because the underground sensor doesn’t detect me. So I just sit there waiting until a car pulls up behind me to trip the sensor.
“Is there some trick or secret to getting the sensor to detect me?” he asked. “Like, should I be in the middle, the left side, right side, front edge, back edge of the sensor area?

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Puzzle on a closed bridge

The in basket: Cindy Sandine of Port Ludlow writes, “I wonder if you can find out more about the Hood Canal bridge closure Wednesday morning. The Kitsap Sun reported wrecks in the westbound lane at approximately 8 and 9 a.m. My husband stopped in the eastbound lane on the bridge around 8:30 and sat there for almost an hour and 45 minutes.
“During that time I watched the traffic cameras on the bridge and at SR-3 Milepost 58, which seemed to show westbound traffic moving long before the eastbound traffic did. When my husband finally got across the bridge, he could see nothing to indicate why the eastbound traffic was stopped for so long.”

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Raise speed limit at closed Bangor gate?

The in box: Jesse Cook, who lives on Clear Creek Road, says he’s been trying to get the 35 mph speed limit returned to 50 mph “on that stretch of Clear Creek Road that goes past the old Main Gate / Marine Gate / Gate 1 or whatever you want to call it at Sub Base Bangor.”
It appears to have been closed permanently, he said, “I’m thinking it’s time to reevaluate the need for the 35 mph limit in that area.

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Why 25 mph on hill on Holly Road?

The in basket: Mary McCann, known as The Bone Mama on the Web site www.radioioEclectic.com, e-mailed to say, ” I relocated to rural Seabeck in June and we cannot understand the 25-mph zone on Holly Road down the road from Camp Union. We hear it’s some politician’s personal speed trap, a spot that ices up quick or just a deke from the highway dept. Can you clear this up for us?

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Miller Bay Road speed limit to high?

The in basket: Teri L. Chaussee asks “How does one get a speed limit reduced on Miller Bay Road?  Due to the numerous accidents and living near that road, I would like to see the speed limit reduced from 50 mph to 40 mph from Suquamish to Kingston.
“Miller Bay Road has few shoulders, curves (blind spots), hills, school bus stops and countless driveways that access to that road,” Teri wrote. “At least five accidents have occurred at Barrett Drive (across from Bay Marina) this year, not to mention the accidents that occur at the Gunderson Road intersection and those that happened further down on Miller Bay Road.  What do I need to do to get this changed?

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