The in basket: JH Schroer e-mailed in May about the revised
interchange under construction in Silverdale where highways 3 and
303 meet and asked “Do you have or know of any information on how
this new intersection will work?”
And John Gardner says he hopes last week’s change in the on-ramp
from Highway 303 to northbound Highway 3 is temporary.
The in basket: Jo Reasons passed along an e-mail she has gotten,
making some astonishing claims about the increase in traffic fines
in this state as of July 1. She notes that the source is not
provided and wonders if the information is true.
It lists fines of $485 for blocking an intersection, $450 for
driving on the shoulder, $380 for an incorrect lane change (it says
“don’t cross the lane on solid lines or intersections”), says a
carpool lane violation is $1,068 for a first infraction and doubles
and triples after that until you get your license suspended for the
fourth citation, that fines for cell phone use in construction
zones double, that both the driver and any over-18 passenger get a
ticket if the passenger isn’t wearing a seat belt, that three miles
over the speed limit has been established as the citable speed,
that cell phone use on the highways must be hands-free as of July 1
and that “DUI = JAIL.”
The in basket: Dave Cobb e-mailed 10 days ago to say, “Ace
Paving finished a repaving job several weeks ago on Highway 3 on
the northbound section near the intersection with Navy Yard
highway. They left a rather rough bump where the new pavement meets
the old. I’m wondering why they didn’t make this horrendous bump
smoother, and when they plan to fix it.”
The in basket: Mick Danielsen asks, “Could you have someone
explain the reasoning behind the new light in the 2800 block of
Bucklin Hill Road?
“I’m sure it’s not cheap to install a traffic light. To me this
light accomplishes nothing but adding to the backups.
The in basket: L.V. Scott of Bremerton writes, “With all the new
construction going on, including in South Kitsap, one would assume
new roads are being put in.
“How would someone suggest one of the roads or streets be named
after Bruce Crandall, the retired Army pilot who was recently
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor?”
The in basket: Dave Dahlke of Port Orchard writes, “I find it
surprising that the recent repavement of a portion of Mile Hill
Drive did not extend about another 600 feet or so towards the Sound
Sound Cinemas to include the repair of chuckholes in both the
east and west bound lanes.
“I know that I am not the only who complains about these
chuckholes, which have been in these two lanes for quite a long
time. I would have thought that since the equipment was in the
area, the least that could have been done would have been to
repair the chuckholes.”
The in basket: Greg Anderson of Hansen Road on Bainbridge
Island, writes, “It seems that, at least here on Bainbridge, there
is an explosion of double yellow lines on residential streets that
only a few years ago didn’t even have stripes of any kind. As
I understand it, it is illegal to cross a double yellow line unless
turning to or from a driveway.
“So what are we to do when one’s lane is blocked…?
The in basket: Sean Alacchi of Port Orchard writes, “At least
three or four times a week, I personally witness some yea-hoo
flicking a lit (cigarette) butt from a car or truck.
“I have the state litter report line – (866) 548-8371 – on
speed-dial in my cell phone and call it when I can provide a
license number of the offender. While there is no fine or penalty
to the offender as part of this report, the registered owner of the
vehicle does get a letter from the state putting them on notice
that they are being reported by witnesses.
The in basket: There may not have been a more fertile ground for
Road Warrior questions in the 11 years it has existed than the
transponders that provide for electronic toll collections at the
Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which went into effect Monday. Here are some
The in basket: Bonnie Chandler writes, “I heard they are going
to do speed bumps along Hood Canal Drive and some in Hansville. Can
this really be true?”