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.


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. (I am
certain most have not been reported.)
“It is not uncommon to see tire marks in the plantings on
either side of the driveway as frequently as two or three times a
month,” he said.
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. Certainly the cost will be very small
compared to the cost of one totaled police cruiser and the medical
expenses for that deputy.
“Sooner or later someone is going to get
killed when they get to that intersection just as someone is going
by on Sedgwick,” he predicted.
The out basket: Banner and Sedgwick is one of those off-set intersections, with North and South Banner each ending at Sedgwick, a few hundred feet apart.
The county had a bad experience with a rumble strip test project a couple years ago. That and the accident history at South Banner and Sedgwick make it unwilling to do what Bob suggests.
Jeff Shea of Kitsap County Public Works says the accident history for that intersection shows eight reported accidents there. “They are mostly from people turning at the intersection,” he said. “After reviewing the accident data I don’t believe rumble strips would have stopped the accidents.
“Placing rumble strips in the pavement creates some challenges,” he said. “Snow plowing destroys most raised rumble strips.
Our experience with recessed strips has not been good when neighbors live near (them.) Recessed strips make a very loud noise (as intended) when you drive over them. Where we have used them we subsequently went back and ended up filling them.
“There is a “Stop Ahead” sign preceding the intersection,” Jeff added.
Bob’s complaint mirrors one about the other Banner-Sedgwick intersection, just to the east back in 2005-6. The state added signs there to call drivers’ attention to the fact the road didn’t go through. I’ll refer this to the state to see if they think the South Banner intersection deserves the same treatment.

One thought on “Cars not stopping on South Banner at Sedgwick

  1. For Road Warrior (Mr. Travis Baker (the good guy) : About the Silverdale Road “Work”
    I’m trying to understand the accountability within DOT for N. SIlverdale interchange. I, for one, may feel better if I KNOW who has been procedurally disciplined (i.e terminated, demoted, unsatisfactory performance review, etc.) for approving the FINAL design & implementation of the roadway mess at the north end of Silverdale (Waaga, SR 3, Silverdale Way) interchange?

    The given names of the people who should be held liable are not important. BUT the position title is. Somewhere up the chain of accountability there will be an elected official who needs to be VOTED out of office.
    While most folks realize there are no easy answers to why / how blunders happen, there is always an “approving official” for fiscal accountability and there IS an easy answer to that question. Succinctly: What is the title of the PERSON in the Dept. of Transportation who approved the design?
    Lastly, why bother building up Kitsap & core Bremerton/Ol’ Town et al when visitors / tourists may be so angry with the Twilight Zone of poor signage & poor road design they might remember that as the trip to/from KITSAP as HIGHWAY HELL, never to return.

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