Left turn conflict at Northlake and Chico Way.

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: 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.
“It seems that cars on Northlake Way that are coming to the intersection on Chico Way see that the road is closed to their right, so when they are making their
left turn onto Chico Way they assume the (southbound) traffic on Chico Way must be turning right onto Northlake Way since the road is closed.
Even though I do not have a blinker on indicating that I am turning right, I have had a car turn in front of me now on three occasions,” she said. “I live on Golf Club Hill Road so I have to deal with this intersection every day.”
The out basket: Jeff Shea of the Kitsap County road engineers says Connie’s experience isn’t new.
“This intersection has always been problematic, even before the bridge washed away,” he said. “Most of the traffic coming off Northlake turns left and rarely encounters traffic coming from the opposing direction on Chico Way. Motorists tend to treat the left turn from Northlake as a primary protected movement, even though it isn’t.
“We did replace the taller Road Closed sign we had sitting in the middle of the road with a shorter barricade to allow better sight distances,” he said.
“Motorists need to follow basic driving techniques including stopping at the stop sign, looking for oncoming traffic, and continuing forward when traffic on the through road (Chico Way) permits.”
Rolling through the stop sign or pulling out into the path of a car planning to go straight is a traffic infraction, of course, something the sheriff’s office traffic division may want to watch for.

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