How about a 3-way stop at Highway 303 off-ramp?

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 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 until a traffic signal can be installed there. Kitsap County says there are preliminary discussions of such a signal with the state.
“Safety would be greatly improved (by a three-way stop) and each movement would get the same chance to go,” Ken said..
I encountered Steve Bennett of the Olympic Region traffic engineering office at a meeting in Poulsbo and asked him how that would work.
The out basket: It wouldn’t, he told me. Traffic is probably too heavy there to avoid lengthy waits in all three directions, and the likelihood that the westbound backup would extend to and past the traffic signal on the other side of the interchange would make it unworkable.
Paul Landers, who saw this item on the Road Warrior blog at kitsapsun.com, where it has been posted for a couple of weeks, wanted to know how soon a traffic signal might be installed there. “It definitely needs one, as it’s a tough and dangerous left turn at busy times,” Paul said.
It won’t happen any time soon at the state’s expense, says Bennett. “The Olympic Region maintains a traffic signal priority list for every
major intersection in our seven-county region. The ranked list is based on intersection accident history and traffic volumes. The intersection
at Ridgetop is on list, however, unfortunately, there are many
intersections on the list in greater need of a signal.
‘I would say that
unless another source of funding becomes available, it may be many years
before a traffic signal will be constructed at this intersection,” he said.

5 thoughts on “How about a 3-way stop at Highway 303 off-ramp?

  1. Yeah, I have to agree that making a three way stop there would make the intersection even more of a mess. A traffic signal is the only option.

  2. The only solution is a multimillion dollar interchange like they built just down the hill. Then we can make 303 traffic even more scary.

  3. Road Warrior, can you do a new blog as to how soon the County/State expect a traffic signal installed there? It definitely needs one, as it’s a tough and dangerous left turn at busy times.
    I don’t know why they didn’t install it with the other signal they put in a while back. It would have made more sense.

  4. A signal at that intersection is on the list of signals to be installed, but it is low on the list.
    Also, Kitsap County has looked at the possibility of widening Ridgetop Blvd. through that intersection. I don’t know whatever became of that pursuit, but I definitely remember talk of widening Ridgetop.
    If they did that, a signal would be included in those plans, no doubt.

  5. Make it a round-about, this would be especially helpful since there is also a street that goes to some apartments right past where you get back on 303 towards Bremerton.

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