Tag Archives: Jackson

Suspected malfunctioning left turn signal wasn’t

The in basket: Dave Sander asks, “Who do I call about a malfunctioning left-turn light.The light at Jackson and Lund, going north on Jackson, lets only two cars through, maybe 3 if they are quick, then it goes to blinking yellow.”

The out basket: That’s a Kitsap County signal, and when they malfunction, call (360) 337-5777 to report it.

But that signal is operating as intended. It provides a short period of green at the start of each left-turn cycle, during which the turners don’t have to worry about opposing traffic and no pedestrians in their path have a walk light. Then the light goes to flashing yellow, during which time left turners still can go, but they have to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

The only other time I have written about this particular aspect of the flashing yellows was when the one at the Walmart on Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard DIDN’T provide a short period of green one holiday season. The heavy shopping traffic didn’t provide many breaks in traffic for the left turns on yellow. It was supposed to have the green phase and the county fixed it.

Sedgwick work won’t add right turn lane at Jackson

The in basket: Anne Wilson says in an e-mail, “While observing construction on Sedgewick Road, we question whether there will be a right turn lane onto Jackson northbound.   

“Vehicles with trailers in the past have created a big hole there,” she said. “Now would be the time to do it, as they are spending millions, and this right turn lane is greatly needed.” 

The out basket: The shoulder in that turn seems to have gradually gotten wider over the years and the recurring pot hole from dozens of vehicles crossing the edge line onto the dirt to squeeze past cars stopped at the red light on Sedgwick has disappeared. 

The current construction work  will improve what highway builders call the radius, making the turn less sharp. But no right turn lane will be added.

Brenden Clarke, project engineer, says a right turn pocket would be considered a mobility improvement, moving more traffic. The Sedgwick job is being paid for from the state’s safety project pocket, and that won’t cover a right turn lane there.