Retsil-Mile Hill Drive signal knocked out three days

The in basket: The traffic signal at Retsil Road and the state’s portion of Mile Hill Drive (Highway 166) in Port Orchard must have taken quite a hit in Saturday’s wind storm. A wide area around the intersection was cordoned off with yellow tape Saturday morning. The signal was dark from early Saturday through Sunday and it was the site of a major repair project Monday.

A couple large state bucket trucks and other vehicles were at work, plus flaggers in all four legs of the intersection. Two of the highway’s four lanes were closed. They were still there after 3 p.m. I asked what had happened.

The out basket: Jim Newman, head of the Olympic Region signal shop for state highways, said, “Due to the wind storm a high voltage power line came down. This sent a high voltage spike through our signal equipment causing damage to our cabinet, internal components, displays and wiring. Our crews were working on replacing the damaged equipment Monday, and worked late to get the signal back in operation.”

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