Bridge clearance signs missing

The in basket: Cindy Sandine has noticed that the bridges in Kitsap County don’t have the same kind of signs as those she recalls seeing on Interstate 5, telling how much clearance there is beneath them, hence how tall a vehicle can pass underneath. Is that just required on I-5, she asked.


The in basket: Cindy Sandine has noticed that the bridges in Kitsap County don’t have the same kind of signs as those she recalls seeing on Interstate 5, telling how much clearance there is beneath them, hence how tall a vehicle can pass underneath. Is that just required on I-5, she asked.
The out basket: The state will put such a height limitation on any bridge with a clearance of 15-feet-3-inches or less, they say. Kitsap County, which is responsible for few bridges that cars pass beneath, uses 15 feet, says Doug Bear of county public works, based on a circuitous federal standard that requires signing bridges less than a foot over the maximum allowable vehicle height of 14 feet, not counting emergency vehicles and utility trucks. Did you follow that?
The county’s only bridge with a clearance sign is that via which Anderson Hill Road in Central Kitsap passes under the Highway 3 freeway, which has 13 feet, 10 inches of clearance, Bear said.
So why is the county responsible for signing a bridge that’s part of a state highway, you might ask. (I did). It’s because there are no on- or off-ramps at Anderson Hill Road, Bear said. Bridges with ramps are the state’s responsibility.

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