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Mystery message on stop bar punished

The in basket: Dave of Port Orchard sent me a photo of the white stop bar on Van Skiver Road at Bethel Road in South Kitsap that show some odd writing.

“Can you tell me what the county was doing here?” he asked. “I’m disgusted by this if it was done by a county crew.  It’s burned into the stop line.”

The out basket: It looked like vandalism to me, but it turns out it was done by a county crew – to the regret of those who did it.

Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works said, “The majority of our traffic marking is done by summer help crews under the lead of one of our sign technicians. This provides cost-savings for the county, and expands our ability to make sure pavement markings are visible and effective.

“In this instance an ill-conceived idea was coupled with a bad judgment call by the lead worker resulting in the marking your reader reported.

“We take pavement marking very seriously, and recognize the importance of proper procedures to mark pavement. This action is unacceptable, and those involved are being disciplined accordingly. We have fixed the marking and will ensure that this type of activity does not happen again.”

If there is some meaning or message in the odd letters, they go over my head.

Doug says he’s in the same boat. “I don’t know what the intention was or the meaning of the message,” he said.