Long wait at Kitsap Way signal correctedAugust 27th, 2012 by travis baker
The in basket: Nancy Danaher wrote Aug. 21 to say, “Sunday morning shortly before 8 a.m. my husband and I were at the corner of Kitsap Way, the west end, and the interchange of Highway 3. We were headed towards Bremerton.
“The traffic light was red. There was only ONE other car behind us. No other cars were situated at any of the lights and yet we waited and waited for a green light.
“What gives that these lights can’t be triggered by the traffic on hand? I did not run the red light,but I did make a safe decision to get through this interchange. When I was safely back on Kitsap Way and looked in the rear view mirror, the singular other car was still at the red light.
“Any other complaints about this particular light?”
The out basket: No other complaints to me, although my wife and I sat at the end of the southbound off-ramp for quite a while one night several weeks ago, waiting for a green light.
There was a problem with the signal, says Jeff Collins, electrical technician in the city of Bremerton signal shop. It was programmed in such a way that it always thought a pedestrian had pushed the button to activate the walk light to cross Kitsap Way. Being a wide street, that provided a lot of time for the phantom pedestrian, and a long wait for any conflicting auto traffic.
He has removed that condition from the signal’s program so what happened to Nancy and her husband won’t occur, he said.
Nancy’s complaint is what called it to his attention, he said.