Confusion at Blaine and Bucklin Hill Road

The in basket: Shortly after a fatal pedestrian accident where Blaine Avenue intersects Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale, Bob Hoag suggested that the line separating the two westbound lanes there should be extended east of the intersection. If it was, cars waiting on Blaine to turn right can see if an approaching car from the east is changing lanes, he argued.


The in basket: Shortly after a fatal pedestrian accident where Blaine Avenue intersects Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale, Bob Hoag suggested that the line separating the two westbound lanes there should be extended east of the intersection. If it was, cars waiting on Blaine to turn right can see if an approaching car from the east is changing lanes, he argued.
The out basket: There isn’t a lot of room to extend the line, as Bucklin Hill Road widens from one lane to two very close to the intersection.
Jeff Shea of the Kitsap County’s traffic engineering department thinks it’s a bad idea.
“The added lane on Bucklin Hill at Blaine is not a dedicated turn lane for right-turning traffic,” he said. “Therefore, all traffic coming off Blaine should stop and yield to ALL traffic coming from the east.
“Traffic on Bucklin Hill has the right of way to either lane at any point along there. Trying to give traffic on Blaine an indicator of which lane traffic might use could end up causing accidents rather than preventing them,” Jeff said.
This is a good time to remind drivers that, contrary to popular belief, changing lanes in an intersection isn’t illegal in this state. A driver who turns right into what was an empty lane when he started the turn can be cited for failure to yield the right of way if an oncoming car changes into the outside lane and there is a collision.

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