Extra signals at NK intersection explained

The in basket: Isaac A. Steele of Kingston says “When traveling northbound on Miller Bay Road, why are there two sets of traffic lights at the intersection with West Kingston Road?


The in basket: Isaac A. Steele of Kingston says “When traveling northbound on Miller Bay Road, why are there two sets of traffic lights at the intersection with West Kingston Road? 
“They seem rather redundant and there is only one set for the southbound direction. Visibility does not appear to be an issue since both sets can be clearly seen when approaching.  I don’t recall seeing this light arrangement at any other local intersection either.”
The out basket: Jeff Shea of Kitsap County Public Works engineering says it is a sight distance issue.
“We had to put the signal mast arm on the left side of the road (normally it would be on the right side) for southbound traffic because of unsuitable soil bearing on the west side slope,” says Jeff.
“This put the mast arm right in front of the opposite side signals for traffic approaching northbound. You can see the signals fine once you get to the intersection, but when approaching the intersection the signals are obscured by that mast arm.”
That probably varies with the height of one’s vehicle. A sports car’s seat would provide a different angle on the two cross arms that a large truck’s.

 

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