Monthly Archives: March 2007

Watch for Ice on Highway 3

The in basket: Roberta Worley wrote last fall to say,”I read about the morning accidents on Highway 3 Friday morning after Thanksgiving. “My mother had a 180-spin on Highway 3 south of Newberry Hill Road years ago,” she said. “While she no longer drives, she was a conservative driver. ‘Black ice’ forms on that stretch of highway. I do not believe there was any warning about the icy conditions on that spring morning.
Is there any such warning now?”

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In the days of road thaw closures…

The in basket: Ann Horn’s “Remember When” piece on Sunday, Feb. 11, included an item that jogged my memory.
“Emergency weight limitations were lifted from Kitsap County’s roads today,” it said, reprising an item from February 1957, “and school buses and other heavy vehicles were allowed to operate for the first time since last Wednesday’s thaw closed schools for three days.”
I had forgotten about those road closures, which also kept garbage trucks and fuel oil delivery trucks off the restricted roads.

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Rough pavement patch in Manchester

The in basket: Lisa Clark of Manchester wrote to ask “how much longer the residents of Manchester have to continue driving on the TERRIBLE patch job the contractors did when installing underground pipe on Colchester Drive when leaving Manchester? Why isn’t the county involved with repairing this section of road? Not to mention the various signs and equipment that has been left behind after the project was completed months ago! I for one, am tired of the whole mess!”

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Why isn’t liability insurance required on motorcycles?

The in basket: Chuck Weaver of Poulsbo wrote so say, “I was recently told something I could not believe, until I looked it up. I had always thought that  all motor vehicles were required to be insured. A friend told me that RCW 46.04.330 specifically exempts motorcycles.  It does?  How can this be?  “Why would the Legislature exempt such a large group of motorists from the mandatory insurance requirements?” he asked.

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Three-second amber light not unusual

The in basket: Juanita Moore wrote to say that traveling on Finn Hill Road, heading east toward Poulsbo, she saw what she considered a “very fast yellow” on a traffic signal.
“I have timed it (using) the one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two method and get one-thousand-three almost out before it changes,” she said. “Have seen a couple of people run it and I took a few miles off my tires the other day as I glanced at my speedometer, looked back up and it had gone yellow. (I was doing 30) It was red before I got stopped!
“Isn’t that a bit quick?”

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