Mystery message on stop bar punished

The in basket: Dave of Port Orchard sent me a photo of the white stop bar on Van Skiver Road at Bethel Road in South Kitsap that show some odd writing.

“Can you tell me what the county was doing here?” he asked. “I’m disgusted by this if it was done by a county crew.  It’s burned into the stop line.”

The out basket: It looked like vandalism to me, but it turns out it was done by a county crew – to the regret of those who did it.

Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works said, “The majority of our traffic marking is done by summer help crews under the lead of one of our sign technicians. This provides cost-savings for the county, and expands our ability to make sure pavement markings are visible and effective.

“In this instance an ill-conceived idea was coupled with a bad judgment call by the lead worker resulting in the marking your reader reported.

“We take pavement marking very seriously, and recognize the importance of proper procedures to mark pavement. This action is unacceptable, and those involved are being disciplined accordingly. We have fixed the marking and will ensure that this type of activity does not happen again.”

If there is some meaning or message in the odd letters, they go over my head.

Doug says he’s in the same boat. “I don’t know what the intention was or the meaning of the message,” he said.

9 thoughts on “Mystery message on stop bar punished

  1. “SWAG” is a ridiculous term used by ridiculous teenagers and young people for all different kinds of reasons. For whatever meaning they intended, this is completely unacceptable and extremely unprofessional.

  2. swag·ger /ˈswagər/

    Verb Walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way: “he swaggered along the corridor”. Noun A very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner. Adjective Denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders. Synonyms verb. strut – brag – prance – peacock – boast -swank – vaunt

    Swag is a shortened term for this, any other meaning is completely wrong.

  3. Swag is the Australian term for the booty/loot obtained from robbing a bank/financial institution, etc. The song waltzing matilda has that word in its lyrics.

  4. This would partially explain the horrendous line painting work conducted in the county over the last six months. Who is supervising the crews?!?

  5. Over the last two years, the entire crew running the striper is new. The summer crew helping with sign and traffic aren’t the most motivated crew.

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