Scrubbing edge line could make common turns legal

The in basket: James Cardwell thinks it would be helpful if the state erased enough of the white edge line on westbound Sedgwick Road at the on-ramp to go toward Gorst on Highway 16 that the drivers who now cross it illegally to get past cars waiting at the red light could do it legally. Hundreds of cars do cross the line to make that turn every day, but their drivers risk a ticket when they do it.


The in basket: James Cardwell thinks it would be helpful if the state erased enough of the white edge line on westbound Sedgwick Road at the on-ramp to go toward Gorst on Highway 16 that the drivers who now cross it illegally to get past cars waiting at the red light could do it legally. Hundreds of cars do cross the line to make that turn every day, but their drivers risk a ticket when they do it.
The out basket: Steve Bennett of the Olympic Region traffic office said, “We do not want vehicles in this area, as they would endanger people on bikes and pedestrians.”
I asked how close to an intersection they are beholden to run the edge line and Steve said, “Where the edge line doesn’t wrap around the intersection radius and
connect to the side road edge line, we end the edge line where the radius would have started if it were striped. That’s our standard.”
Even if they were willing to make such a change, the question then would be how far back to erase the line. Far enough to get around one car waiting at the light? Two cars? Ten cars?

One thought on “Scrubbing edge line could make common turns legal

  1. Most places I’ve been have a dashed line for the bicycle lane starting about 50 feet from the intersection, because traffic flow takes priority over bicycles. Also in this area you will see 15,000 cars to every bicycle….

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