Mile Hill Drive vs. Sedgwick Road – again

The in basket: Tom Myers Jr. asked me recently what the impetus was to widen Mile Hill Drive between Woods Road and Long Lake Road to put in a center turn lane, which was done last year even though there are hardly any places one can turn left through that stretch.
He asked me in a meeting in which he and various other Sedgwick Road property owners west of Bethel Avenue were exploring ways to get a two-way center turn lane added there, an improvement left out of state plans to make that stretch safer and extend the two-way center turn lane east of Bethel Avenue all the way to Brasch Road.
His underlying assertion was that a center turn lane was needed much more west of Bethel on Sedgwick than on that portion of Mile Hill Drive.
The out basket: As I said when Tim Ferris made a similar comparison between the two highways back in March of ’07, Mile Hill is a county road and Sedgwick a state highway and the two governments have their own priority lists as to what gets improved.
But I had to concede to Tom that I didn’t know why the stretch between Long Lake and Woods Roads was included in the Mile Hill Drive widening, which continued east from Woods past Alaska Avenue. Left turns are numerous east of Woods, but rare west of there.
Dick Dadisman of the Kitsap County public works staff replies, “The main reason is for continuity of the roadway through the length of the project area.
“Pre-project, there were left turn lanes at Bulman and Woods Roads. This project installed a traffic light on Long Lake Road and the westbound left turn lane at the Long Lake intersection.
“With turn lanes and their associated tapers at Long Lake, Bulman, and Woods, there isn’t much distance left to taper the roadway back to two lanes.” If they had, he said. “through traffic would be weaving in and out through the width of the pavement at all these intersections.”

One thought on “Mile Hill Drive vs. Sedgwick Road – again

  1. In your article today, you wondered where the road builders got the dirt to give the roads on the flat their convex shape that encourages drainage. I don’t know about Georgia, but in Texas the roads are the same way, rounded, high in the middle, and lower on the edges. They have what Texans call bar ditches on either side of the road.
    In this case, the word “bar” is a shortened form of the word “borrow”. In other words, they borrowed dirt from alongside the road to make the convex surface.

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