Road work sign blocked view from driveway

The in basket: Phil Hunter of Glenwood Road in South Kitsap says, “The other day when leaving (home) there was a large diamond-shaped sign, placed right at the end of my driveway. The sign was to notify people that there was a flagger ahead.

“It was very difficult to enter the road, because the sign was completely blocking my view.

“There was a contractor just down the road that appeared to be doing work for the phone company, so I walked down and asked him about the placement of the signs. His response was that they just place the signs at a place where it is easy for them to pull off the road.

“While driving back towards Port Orchard, in the 12000 block of Glenwood Road, I came across the county doing some work on the road as well. The county employee was placing the exact same type of signs and he was placing them in between driveways, allowing plenty of visibility for drivers to see while entering the road.

“Just wondering if there are any rules and regulations for the placement of temporary construction signs by work crews?”

The out basket: Deputy Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office says, “Requirements concerning the placement of temporary traffic control signs are delineated within the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a publication issued by the Federal Highway Administration an agency under the U. S. Department of Transportation.

“The manual specifies the standards by which traffic signs, road surface markings and signals are designed, installed and used.  These include shapes, colors and fonts used.

“In the U. S., all traffic control devices must conform to these standards.

“The manual also specifies the placement of temporary traffic control signs… including those indicating that a flagger is ahead.  Sign placement is predicated on type of roadway and speed limits in effect in the area.

“The manual contains several charts and templates for use in determining temporary traffic control sign placement.  The signs must be easily and readily observed by approaching motorists.  Common sense would dictate that the placement of temporary traffic control signs does not interfere with visual sight lines of drivers entering a roadway from a private driveway.

“Should a situation on a county roadway be brought to the attention of KCSO patrol or traffic deputies, as presented by Mr. Hunter, a deputy would make a point to stop by the construction site, verify the complaint, and then speak with the supervisor to advise about the safety aspect and request that placement of the sign be adjusted.”



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