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Two Warren Avenue changes mystify readers

January 8th, 2013 by travis baker

The in basket: Yvonne Dean and Bruce Waterbury have asked what the city of Bremerton has in mind when the projects along Warren Avenue at 11th, 13th and 16th streets are finished,

“Help,” Yvonne wrote. “Can you tell people just what is happening on 16th with the new curbing and on 13th with the new traffic light installed by Olympic College. Will we still be able to go up and around Warren off of 16th?  Are people going to be able to make left turns off of 13th onto Warren Avenue to go south?”

Bruce wrote, “I am wondering why there is now a stop sign in the middle of the road at the working stop lights at Wheaton Way and 16th Street. Where it is positioned, one has to stop at the first line for the lights, then move one car length ahead to stop at the stop sign line.  Is this just a cheap trick to ticket people again? Who is running the street department? Stevie Wonder?”

The out basket: The stop sign next to the new pedestrian islands at 16th Street will be gone soon, replaced by a Yield sign, says Gunnar Fridriksson of the city street engineers.

“We have been delayed a bit with weather to be able to complete pavement markings and the final concrete work.  The island is for pedestrian refuge. The stop sign is a temporary measure to make folks aware that the northbound left turn from Warren has the right of way here.”

When the traffic signal at 13th is activated, left turns will be allowed from 13th Street onto Warren in either direction, but signs will prohibit left turns from Warren to 13th, also in either direction. “We will be removing the curb currently in place at the centerline of Warren,” Gunnar said.

In 2011, Olympic College acquired from the city that portion of Broadway Avenue that runs through the college, presumably to make leaving Warren at 16th and cutting through the college less attractive, and perhaps impossible. “The college is looking to make some revisions regarding circulation there, but are waiting for us to get the signal fully operational before proceeding,” he said.

 

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2 Responses to “Two Warren Avenue changes mystify readers”

  1. Fred Says:

    So when are you going to do a story about Bremerton’s yellow light timing and improperly placed Redflex red light camera signage? If I was able to do a public records request on your paper would I discover the Kitsap Sun is sponsored by Redflex Inc?

  2. Michaele Says:

    This information is of help, although I am stumped by the need for a pedestrian island on a short, hardly used crosswalk heading north/south on Warren at 16th. Also, anyone trying to cross there in a motorized wheelchair looks like they would have a difficult time. I live on 18th and have been stumped as to the rationale of some of the changes, which seem to have created more problems than it has helped. It would be helpful if the city would allow a flashing left turn arrow heading north on Warren to turn left onto 16th. I don’t know how many times I have had to sit through a long red light to turn left when no one is coming from the opposite direction. Hope Bremerton starts allowing more of the flashing left turn arrows that they have in Silverdale to help the flow of traffic.

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