Right Turn Concern Fails to Sway State

The in basket: Wendy Henry of Belfair said several months ago that she feels endangered whenever she slows to turn right onto Lake Flora Road from northbound Highway 3.
She worries that cars coming from behind at high speed will crash into her. She’d like to see a right turn deceleration lane there.


The in basket: Wendy Henry of Belfair said several months ago that she feels endangered whenever she slows to turn right onto Lake Flora Road from northbound Highway 3.
She worries that cars coming from behind at high speed will crash into her. She’d like to see a right turn deceleration lane there.
The out basket: I’m not sure that I see the concern. I am able to pull far enough to the right before turning that there is room for those going straight to get by me.
On the other hand, I can’t think of too many places on 55-mile-per-hour highways where a decel lane isn’t provided for those turning right. I asked the state if they see this as a problem.
The out basket: Lisa Murdock of the Olympic Region of state highways says accident records at the intersection don’t show it to be unduly dangerous.
“Therefore funding for such an improvement is not available,” she said. “Other areas in the region, with higher accident rates, are prioritized for funding for safety improvements

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