The in basket: Pam Abbott says “I live just off Illahee (Road) in University Point. Illahee Road just before Brownsville has been washed out since the December rains. I know there are lots of trouble spots in the county, but do you know when they might begin work on the repairs to this road?
The in box: Ken Dundee read the most recent Road Warrior column
addressing traffic control at the end of the Highway 303 southbound
off-ramp to Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale, where anyone turning
left is in for a scary and often lengthy wait at busy times.
He suggested that it be made a three-way stop.
The in basket: Connie Ormiston saw Jan Bogle’s suggestion for detour signs to guide strangers from the south end of Northlake Way around the Chico Way bridge washout in an early February Road Warrior and said the washout was causing her a problem on the other end of Northlake Way – cars misjudging where she plans to go in her car and pulling out in front of her..
The in basket: Bob Cairns of Olalla asks about the prospects for
eliminating through traffic along the final quarter mile of Banner
Road as it winds narrowly down to the town convenience store and
boat launching ramp.
Cutting Culver Road through to Olalla Valley Road would compensate for the lost through access, he said.
The in basket: A common complaint over the years has been the
inaccessibility of the deck of the Bremerton Transportation Center,
which you may think of as the ferry terminal, to private
Connie Cunningham and Kyle Rosland were the most recent readers to bring it up, both in the past two months.
“It is very unfriendly for pedestrians,” said Connie, “and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t said the same thing.
The in basket: In the previous Road Warrior, we heard from
Kitsap Transit Executive Director Richard Hayes about what rules
govern private auto access to the Bremerton Transportation Center
deck and what to expect in the future in that regard.
But he also provided a spirited defense of the limited access for able-bodied people, which many people consider oppressive and indefensible.
The out basket: Richard said, “What concerns me about the complaints regarding having to walk a few hundred yards in the rain” (which will be cut to about 50 yards once the new covered walkway leading away from the terminal is built) “is that bus patrons already make this sacrifice.
The in basket: In the previous two Road Warriors, Richard Hayes,
head of of Kitsap Transit, has sought to demystify some of the
restrictions that keep most private vehicles off the deck of the
Bremerton Transportation Center.
But the mystery remains as to the illogical signage one has seen in approaching the terminal.
The in basket: Billy Jo Sprague and Otto Spieth both have
questions about how the traffic signals are working on Highway 305
in Poulsbo while it is being widened.
Billie Jo says she’s sure that the traffic sensors at the light at Liberty Road at Poulsbo Village are turned off.
“But now that all lanes are open, will the sensors be turned back on soon?” she asked.
The in basket: Retired Army doctor John Newton is alarmed to see
the new HOV lanes doing double duty with right turners along
Highway 305 in Poulsbo.
The HOV lanes, the first in Kitsap County, are on the outside, not the inside, where one sees them on almost all freeways.
It will lead to a bad accident, John believes.
The in basket: Bob Allen of Grapeview and Nelson Lanchester of South Kitsap both wonder how people like themselves with toll-paying transponders on their windshields can use the new HOT lanes about to debut on Highway 167 between Renton and Auburn.