A Ramp by Any Other Name…

The in basket: David Ely read last week’s Road Warrior column about the off-ramp to be built next year to allow southbound traffic approaching the Warren Avenue bridge to exit and proceed downhill to Lebo Boulevard.
He said he was confused by my assertion that it would lead to the intersection of Callahan Drive and Lebo Boulevard. They don’t intersect, he said. Juniper is the name of the street that meets Lebo. He used to live in that area, he added


The in basket: David Ely read last week’s Road Warrior column about the off-ramp to be built next year to allow southbound traffic approaching the Warren Avenue bridge to exit and proceed downhill to Lebo Boulevard. It said the ramp will improve access to the area around Harrison Hospital and reduce the amount of left turn traffic southbound at Sheridan, which now takes needed time away from northbound traffic wishing to go straight.
But he said he was confused by my assertion that it would lead to the intersection of Callahan Drive and Lebo Boulevard. They don’t intersect, he said. Juniper is the name of the street that meets Lebo. He used to live in that area, he added
The out basket: Well, I’ll be switched, as they say. David is right. In more than 40 years of covering events in this town, I had never noticed that the street that takes you uphill from Lebo to arc onto the Warren Avenue Bridge is Juniper, not Callahan.
Callahan apparently ends where it intersects Juniper, even though the stop sign is on Juniper and Callahan traffic is free to proceed without stopping.
I had always assumed that as you proceeded under the bridge on Callahan that it remained Callahan all the way to Lebo. But it changes names.
I have to think David was being a little coy, though. I’d bet anyone living on Juniper Street has to give details instructions to any stranger trying to find his or her home, given the odd alignment of streets and street names.
At least I was right when I reported that the ramp would extend from the bridge to Callahan. Luke Korpi, in his last hour with the city of Bremerton engineering staff before leaving for a new job in Seattle, told me Tuesday that it’s still Callahan where the ramp will end. It doesn’t become Juniper until farther down the hill.

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