Odd E. 11th/Trenton intersection questioned

The in basket: While touring food gardens in Manette Saturday during the Edible Garden Tour, I talked with Karen Danis at her Jacobsen Boulevard home, one of those on the tour.

She asked me about what she considers the counter-intuitive traffic control on East 11th Street at Trenton Avenue, a few blocks from their home, where drivers may continue without stopping in the left turn onto Trenton. Drivers on Trenton northbound must stop and the very few wanting to continue south on Trenton must yield. Her husband, Galen, said he makes a hard right from Jacobsen’s angled approach, then left to approach the turn at a right angle and stay out of the way of cars turning from East 11th to Trenton.

The out basket: I told them the intersection had been that way for as long as I can recall, and I doubt the city would change it, barring a rash of accidents there. It would change driver’s expectations after decades of it being as it is.

As an example, there still are many drivers coming off the Manette Bridge and not yielding to traffic in the new roundabout there, which I think is attributable to the decades of them having the right of way when leaving the bridge. That changed just this year.

Reader Jan Luckcuck wrote last week saying it’s still happening, twice to her in the previous two weeks while she was in the roundabout.

I’m unable to guess what experience caused the city to allow lefts without stopping on East 11th at Trenton, and I imagine anyone in city government at the time who would know is long gone.

Do any of you old-timers, perhaps residents of that area, recall  what led to the strange arrangement?

2 thoughts on “Odd E. 11th/Trenton intersection questioned

  1. The problem with “we’ve always done it that way” lies with the difficulty of keeping a consistent population of folks who also have “always done it that way.”

    As soon as the City allows newcomers to purchase homes–seasoned drivers who are accustomed to “more intuitively controlled” intersections–the risk rises…

    I suppose the City could try to prevent newcomers from moving in… 🙂 Barring that, an accident is just a matter of time…

    The solution would be to install a Stop sign for those coming from 11th Street. Cities have ways of making new signage very visible.

    Sure would be nice to see a proactive response vs. reactive, since the likelihood of injury rises with each “new” resident.

  2. When I lived north of that intersection, more than a few decades ago, the intersection was not controlled at all. Of course, there was less traffic. I do not remember when it changed – possibly after I moved in 1975.
    A three way stop there might be a good decision today, if Bremerton can afford it.

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