Avanti Drive and Ridgetop Boulvard – again

The in basket: Keith Van Hook writes, “On the northbound side of Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale, at the intersection with Avanti Drive, there is a stop sign that has been there since Ridgetop was a dirt road (around 1983). This stop sign seems to be inappropriately placed and serves no purpose other than to impede the northbound through traffic on Ridgetop, while allowing a free left turn for southbound traffic from Ridgetop onto Avanti. Avanti is a side street with its own stop sign onto Ridgetop.
“The crosswalk and Kitsap Transit bus stop are a block further north with no stop sign,” Keith said. “One does not seem necessary there. Why is the stop sign still in place?”


The in basket: Keith Van Hook writes, “On the northbound side of Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale, at the intersection with Avanti Drive, there is a stop sign that has been there since Ridgetop was a dirt road (around 1983). This stop sign seems to be inappropriately placed and serves no purpose other than to impede the northbound through traffic on Ridgetop, while allowing a free left turn for southbound traffic from Ridgetop onto Avanti. Avanti is a side street with its own stop sign onto Ridgetop.
“The crosswalk and Kitsap Transit bus stop are a block further north with no stop sign,” Keith said. “One does not seem necessary there. Why is the stop sign still in place?”
The out basket: This one takes me back. The first item in the first Road Warrior ever published in this paper, back on Jan. 29, 1996, asked the same question, which was posed then by Alan Lamoureaux. Back then, the answer was:
“Sorry, Alan, Kitsap County Public Works thinks removing the stop
sign would make cars pulling onto Ridgetop from Avanti sitting ducks
for any speeding traffic coming north on Ridgetop in the curve south
of the intersection. The curve hides approaching traffic. The sign
has been there since the boulevard opened, says Traffic Investigator
Dusty Wiley.”
Doug Bear of public works says their answer is the same today.

One thought on “Avanti Drive and Ridgetop Boulvard – again

  1. The sight distance at Avanti is no worse than at any other intersection along Ridgetop. Certainly one of the worst is at the exit from TreeTop apartments and the Ridgetop minimart.
    The housing development at Avanti preceded Ridgetop Blvd by a couple of years. The stop sign was placed to stop road construction traffic before entering the developed area. This is also one of the few intersections in the county where a left turn (southbound) has the right of way over a straight through traveller (northbound). County traffic engineers are as wrong today as they were in 1996 and in 1985 when they initially left the sign there.

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