Jackson-SR16 on-ramp not well marked

The in basket: Doug Greenwood of Port Orchard says he “recently made a trip to Port Orchard from Steilacoom via Bridgeport Way. Eventually found my way onto Jackson and was further enticed by the signs with arrows indicating Highway 16 was just ahead.
“By the time I had gotten within 200 meters of the turnoff and there were no crossroads left, the signs changed their tune and said, ‘NOT FOR YOU!’ Is it possible that the warnings regarding the restricted use of that on-ramp could be placed far enough back so that a motorist could possibly escape onto Sixth Street?


The in basket: Doug Greenwood of Port Orchard says he “recently made a trip to Port Orchard from Steilacoom via Bridgeport Way. Eventually found my way onto Jackson and was further enticed by the signs with arrows indicating Highway 16 was just ahead.
“By the time I had gotten within 200 meters of the turnoff and there were no crossroads left, the signs changed their tune and said, “NOT FOR YOU!” Because of the traffic flow around me, I felt forced to commit a traffic infraction and proceed onto 16. (Okay, I have “cc’d” my attorney and if any law enforcement lassies or laddies see fit to pursue me, please do so through her office!)
“Is it possible that the warnings regarding the restricted use of that on-ramp could be placed far enough back so that a motorist could possibly escape onto Sixth Street, say? The existing signs are somewhat off the road, look even rather temporary, as if the state is not really serious about them, as I’m sure they are!”
The out basket: Lisa Murdock of the Olympic Region of state highway replies, “The HOV restriction has been in place for about 10 years. During that time there have been two 4 foot-by-5-foot signs on northbound Jackson to advise motorists of the restriction. The first sign is approximately 1,100 feet from the intersection and the second is about 400 feet. In the last several years we have not had any complaints about the signing, so at this time we have no plans to change it.”
The restrictions prohibit single occupant vehicles from using that ramp from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays. It’s a $101 ticket if you get caught violating that rule. It was imposed because long lines of traffic waiting at the light to use the ramp were making it hard for the neighbors to come and go.

One thought on “Jackson-SR16 on-ramp not well marked

  1. -I had a similar experience last month at this on ramp. I left University Place at 2:25 PM with 35 minutes to get to the bridge before the 3 PM deadline. The traffic was very heavy north-bound on Jackson. I got to the freeway entrance at exactly 3 PM just as two motorcycle policemen crossed the intersection to set up shop. I knew I was going to be their first ticket, so I was forced to make an unsafe merge back into the through lane traffic and circle around to Pearl St to get on the freeway. Thx,

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