Help on Way for Highway Markers

The in basket: Mark Miller writes, “I was wondering what it would take to have some type of reflector buttons put down on the road lines on the highway from Gorst to Port Orchard? When you drive that section of road at night, especially in the rain, it is very dark and hard to see. There are no street lights
and the painted lines are so faded that when oncoming cars are coming at
you, you can barely see to stay on the road. I just think that it would
be a lot safer for all of us that travel that stretch of highway daily.


The in basket: Mark Miller writes, “I was wondering what it would take to have some type of reflector buttons put down on the road lines on the highway from Gorst to Port Orchard? When you drive that section of road at night, especially in the rain, it is very dark and hard to see. There are no street lights
and the painted lines are so faded that when oncoming cars are coming at
you, you can barely see to stay on the road. I just think that it would
be a lot safer for all of us that travel that stretch of highway daily.
Jim Coleman of the Kitsap Sun staff seconded the remarks.
The out basket: That stretch of highway was roughed up pretty good by crews removing mud that slid onto the pavement at the peak of the long rainy spell this winter. And the centerline reflectors between the slides look like they’ve led a hard life too. Many are missing.
Don Clotfelter, maintenance manager for state highways in the Olympic Region said reflective centerline raised pavement markers will be replaced on that highway soon.
“We need a few dry days for a successful operation and as February moves along we’re getting more breaks of dry and sunny weather. We fully expect to have the centerline reflectors replaced by the first week of March”.
The painted traffic lines and other markings will be re-painted in the warm summer months as the region’s striper crew re-stripes over
1,100 miles of state highway in seven counties in the region.
Jack King of the Port Orchard maintenance office said some minor help is on the way from the local crews, which are replacing the reflective tape on the thin white upright posts on local highway shoulders. They’re working on Highway 300 west of Belfair now and are heading north, he said.