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Why are they digging up new paving on Sedgwick?

The in basket: Robert Pilger of Long Lake Road in South Kitsap e-mailed to say, “I have noticed road workers digging up the new pavement in several places along the Sedgwick Road project after recently striping. Why, and if (they are) fixing mistakes or oversights, who is responsible for the money?”

The out basket: It is common in paving jobs to pave over utility accesses and return to uncover them, build them up to the new pavement level and seal around the accesses. That is what is happening on Sedgwick Road, says Brenden Clarke, project engineer for state projects here.

Usually that occurs between the paving and the striping, but Brenden says, “We had the striping done before the adjustments were all complete to take advantage of favorable weather.  The way the forecast looks now, we would be striping next May if we had waited to put down pavement markings after the utility adjustments were all complete.  The impacts to pavement markings should be minimal. “

Lund Avenue partly done. What’s next?

The in basket: Kitsap County paid prompt attention this spring to the condition of Lund Avenue between Bethel and Sidney avenues in South Kitsap, the subject of reader complaints about the lack of visible striping to delineate traffic lanes. They put a new grinding machine to work there recessing the reflective lane markers to lessen recurrence of the past winter’s loss of the markers to snow plow blades and other winter travel operations. They also applied new stripes.

But they didn’t recess the markers on the bridge across the Blackjack Creek canyon and stopped all work at the city limits, which are well short of Sidney Avenue. 

I asked the county and city what the future holds.

The out basket: Jeff Shea, Kitsap County’s traffic engineer, said “We are evaluating the possibility of grindouts on the bridge. We have to check the depth of the asphalt on the bridge deck to be sure there is sufficient depth for the work without causing damage to the rebar or some other part of the structure.”

The county does Port Orchard’s striping, says the city’s public works director Mark Dorsey, and conversations have just begun about when county crews will continue the restriping west of where it stopped at the city limits. The city pays the county for that work.

Mark said he expects the county to propose use of the recessed reflectors along that city stretch, and he will wait to see what that would cost and whether it fits into his budget.

CK location with missing stripes worries driver


The in basket: Barbara Wilhite isn’t happy with the condition of the Silverdale intersection where Newberry Hill Road becomes Silverdale Way and Chico Way enters.

“The painted lines have disappeared and it is dangerous pulling over into the turn lane that drivers coming down Newberry Hill Road can no longer  

see,” she said. “There used to be a concrete marker that defined the area but that was removed and painted


The in basket: The absence of the concrete curbing is the only thing setting this situation apart from that on Lund Avenue in Port Orchard, discussed in a recent Road Warrior column. 

As on Lund, winter wear, which was worse this year because so much sanding and plowing of snow was needed, scrubs off the lines. On curves like the one in Silverdale, adds Jeff Shea, the Kitsap County traffic engineer, motorists drive over the line to flatten the curve out, worsening the wear. 

“The curb referred to by your reader was removed seven or eight years ago,” Jeff said. “I reviewed the accident history and there have been no accidents there that would have been prevented by the curb. 

“We don’t generally endorse  physical barriers in the road,” he said. “They often create more problems

than they solve. Motorists can careen off of it errantly or get

stuck straddling it. Physical barriers create challenges for snow and ice operations, as well as for other road maintenance equipment.

“The main reason  curbs are used is to prevent turning movements for safety reasons and to prevent congestion. We do use curbs down the centerline to prevent left turns from approaches that are too close to

intersections or where there is inadequate stopping sight distance for oncoming traffic.” 

The Silverdale intersection is among places the county will be installing recessed reflectors with a machine it will acquire this year, he said, so the lanes should be clearer next winter.

The county’s six-year road improvement plan shows a $705,000 traffic signal going in there in 2012.

It’s not the only concrete curbing in Silverdale to draw a protest recently. So has the one on Bucklin Hill Road at Levin Road. That’s our subject in the next Road Warrior.

Tremont Street striping is all gone


The in basket: Gina Glynn wrote to say the stretch of Tremont Street between Sidney and Bethel avenues in Port Orchard is a scary place to drive because the lane striping is nearly gone. 

“Some time back the county (made)  patches in the asphalt (but) no striping has been done in the last several years and 

there are large stretches of the road where there is NONE to see,” she wrote. 

“Therefore, cars are all over the place because they can’t tell when they’re  encroaching into the other lane. I drive to work every morning and home each 

night and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to veer out of someone’s way because they’ve crossed over the lanes. 

“Add in darkness and rainy weather and it’s brutal. How does one go about getting the county to repaint the striping before there is a serious issue?” he asked.

The out basket: Such requests should be made to the Kitsap County Public Works’ Open Line at (360) 337-5777.

But Jeff Shea, traffic engineer with Kitsap County Public Works, says that stretch of road “was actually striped

twice last year, once at the beginning of the striping season, and again later in the year to prepare for winter.

“Disappearing road markings are something all road departments encounter during winter,” Jeff says. “The combination of sand and plowing causes lines to wear out, much like removing them with sandpaper. 

“This year, because of the extensive winter weather, the problem is more visible than in years past.

“The water-based paint we use to mark roads requires drier and warmer weather to apply,” he said. “If paint is applied now it will not set properly. We stripe roads, including

this one, as soon as weather permits and paint supplies arrive, usually beginning in May.”

“We are taking steps to help motorists next winter,” he said. “We plan to purchase a grinder this year …to recess pavement markers (reflective buttons) in the road. 

“Most of raised buttons are plowed up or destroyed during snow and ice maintenance,” he said. “Recessing them helps avoid that, and provides lane delineation during the winter months when painted markings disappear.” 

We already see recessed buttons on some county roads, but those have been done as part of a contracted job to accomplish something else. The new grinder  

will allow the county to recess the markers on its roads whether other work is being done or not.