Monthly Archives: January 2008

When a speeder in the HOV lane comes up from behind

The in basket: Jack Carson e-mails to say “My question concerns the laws and proper etiquette for use of the new HOV lanes on Highway 16 and, for that matter, those on I-5 and I-405.
“When driving in the HOV lanes at the speed limit or above, other vehicles commonly approach rapidly from the rear, tailgate for a while, and then pass to the right, often expressing their displeasure in being slowed with hand gestures.
“How does the state patrol want the HOV lanes used? Should those of us who drive the speed limit move in and out of the HOV lane to make way for speeders or should the speeders be passing us on the right?”

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Miller Bay Road construction barrels pose question

The in basket: Madalyn Larsen says in an e-mail, “Besides all the lights installed and new culvert for salmon, there
is another project going on between Indianola Road and Highway 104.
They have put in wide shoulders and lined the whole thing with reflective barrels, moved out a trailer that had been there for years, put up a fence, and there is not one clue as to what they are doing with that area. Can you please find out for us?”

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Are bald motorcycle tires commonplace? Legal?

The in basket: Forrest Butler says in an e-mail, “Looking at motorcycle tires, I have noticed that they are often bald, especially the rear tires. Some of them look like
they were made that way.
“Doesn’t the same Lincoln-Head-must-show tread rule apply to motorcycle tires?” he asked, referring to use of a penny to determine if your tire tread is too shallow.

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No left-turn prohibitions on 11th Street

The in basket: Harry James raises an issue I’ve heard occasionally over the past dozen years about 11th Street in Bremerton. “Going eastbound from Naval to Warren is very dangerous when people turn left at intersections other than the one with a left-turn lane,” Harry said.
“It seems like there should be a restriction to only turn left using the left-turn lane at High Avenue or to post and enforce restricted hours for turning left off of 11th in that area. Is there accident data to support a change?

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Controversial new interchange ready for power outages

The in basket: Kevin Corcoran and Barb Frindell have the same concern (one of many) about the new interchange where highways 3 and 303 meet north of Silverdale.
As Kevin puts it in a comment on the Road Warrior blog at www.kitsapsun.com, “With the current layout, traffic flows in opposing lanes for a distance until you make a left turn. If there is a power outage and the signal lights are unlit, how would traffic proceed through the intersection?

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Blinking white lights puzzle a reader

The in basket: Bernice Lee e-mailed to say, “Here and there around Bremerton, there are small white lights mounted on the signal light bars which blink rapidly for no apparent reason.
“When the one at the Sheridan and Wheaton Way intersection was blinking, the light facing me was green. That doesn’t make sense if these are ‘red light photo’ lights, nor as an added incentive for people to stop at a red light,” she said.
“There is also one at 15th and Naval Avenue, at the corner of the cemetery,” she said.

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Cars not stopping on South Banner at Sedgwick

The in basket: Bob Hoyer of Bremerton says the Dec. 11 accident in which a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a one-car, roll-over accident at
Sedgwick and South Banner roads in South Kitsap is not unusual.
“I am very familiar with this and other
accidents at this location,” Bob wrote, “as it occurred in my mother-in-law’s
driveway. There have been at least a dozen similar accidents where
a (driver) traveling north on South Banner either fell asleep or,
through inattention, failed to stop at the intersection.
He suggests that “a very simple and inexpensive solution to people blowing through
that intersection would be a pair of rumble strips plus a ‘Stop
Ahead’ sign in the north-bound lane placed an appropriate distance
south of the intersection.

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New NK light leaves early morning commuter waiting

The in basket: Mark Roden writes that “leaving Indianola at 4:15 a.m. for the past two weeks I have been held up at the new stop light at the fish hatchery for what seems an eternity. The light at that time of the morning will not change. This morning, for example, I waited two minutes (I timed it) before running the red light. I then continued to watch in the rearview mirror until the … light was out of sight and it never changed.

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