Monthly Archives: December 2015

Kiwanis Park street alignment annoys city resident

The in basket: A Fourth Street resident in West Bremerton who signed herself “a grumpy constituent” wrote, “I live on 4th between Naval and Hewitt. The bulb-outs on the north and south sides of Fourth Street near Kiwanis Park (between Veneta and Hewitt) still extend dangerously out into the road to the point that there is no two-way traffic. Someone always pulls over, panicked, to let the other pass.

“There is still no painted center line (perhaps a center line would be enough to let drivers know it was safe to turn it back into a two-way street). There is still no lighting or iridescent marking on the curbs to let you know the bulb-outs are there in the dark and in the fog.

“I almost did a head-on on my way in or almost smacked into the bulb-out at Fourth and Veneta (going east), or almost smacked into the first bulb-out on Fourth going west on my way home the night before.”

The out basket: Jerry Hauth, Bremerton’s new managing engineer for streets, thanked grumpy constituent for bringing this to his attention.

“I am relatively new with the city,” he said, “and I wanted a little time to get familiar with the circumstances out there.

“I was on-site this week and I saw the large bulb-outs at the pedestrian crossings. We measured the road width at the bulb-outs and found that it is wide enough to allow two cars to pass safely. But, it is much narrower than the rest of the road with the hopes it will slow traffic for safety purposes.

“You may have noticed that there was no paint striping done this year. The city and the county are still trying to work out the wording on our interagency agreement. We need to have this in place – prior to the county painting our centerlines. Hopefully, we will have this resolved for next year.

“In the interim, at the location we are discussing, I was thinking that a few reflective buttons along the centerline in the area of the bulb-outs would enhance the visibility and may provide the comfort for those drivers not familiar with the area. In addition, a reflective plastic post or reflective markers, in the planter near the edge of the bulb-outs, could help define and delineate the bulb-outs also.

“Let me see what I can do to address your concerns,”he told her.

50 mph now permanent speed limit at Nalley Valley eastbound

The in basket: It wasn’t more than a couple of months ago I was driving on Highway 16 in Tacoma approaching Nalley Valley when my companion commented on the 40 mile per hour speed limit that had been in place for years while major construction was done just ahead.

No one ever slows to anywhere near that speed, she noted, which certainly has been true when traffic was flowing freely.

The speed limit was raised to 60 mph in the other direction a year or so ago when all the westbound work was completed.

The other day I was back in the same spot and saw that the speed limit heading into the valley had been raised to 50 mph.

I asked if that denotes recognition of the folly of the 40 zone, completion of a milestone in the construction, or if 50 is to be the permanent speed limit there.

The out basket: Doug Adamson of the Olympic Region of state highways, replied, “The speed limits in the area were permanently adjusted following completion of the westbound and eastbound Nalley Valley construction projects.  There are no plans at this time to make any additional changes to the speed limits for this section of SR 16.”

Apparently the lower eastbound speed limit recognizes that more complex driver decisions lie ahead than for those going the other way.

Horstman Road patch has been a struggle

The in basket: Merlin Dahlke writes, “The question I have regards the lower portion of Horstman Road (in Port Orchard). About three months ago they tore it up, for reasons I don’t know.  Instead of fixing it, all they did was put up ‘Rough Road’ and ‘Motorcycles Use Caution’ signs.  Even those signs are down or gone now.  Are there any plans to fix the road?”

The out basket: It certainly is impressively rough, so much so it’s clearly a temporary condition,

Mark Dorsey, Port Orchard’s public works director, says the spot was ditched for utilities to serve the housing being built south of Horstman.

“I am told it’s being paved today,” he said Monday. “Fingers crossed. We’ve been struggling with the contractor on several fronts.”

The struggle continues, apparently. As of mid-day Tuesday, the patch was unchanged.