What Dusty had to say

The in basket: One of the more humbling experiences I’ve had as the Road Warrior occurred several years ago at the Lone Rock Community Club when I shared the dais with Dusty Wiley of Kitsap County Public Works. We both supposedly were traffic experts.


The in basket: One of the more humbling experiences I’ve had as the Road Warrior occurred several years ago at the Lone Rock Community Club when I shared the dais with Dusty Wiley of Kitsap County Public Works. We both supposedly were traffic experts.
While I had acquired a modicum of expertise on the subject, from answering readers questions, a few years of that were no match for Dusty’s experience, garnered after decades as a local resident, sheriff’s deputy and now as the county’s lead traffic investigator for public works. He’s lived it, while I just touch down on it from time to time
I often think I should run all of my Road Warrior columns past Dusty. As it is, he often challenges what has appeared in the paper in the column.
Here’s what he’s had to say about a few from recent months.
The out basket: I wrote that drivers were taking a chance of getting a construction zone speeding ticket by exceeding the temporary speed limit on Silverdale Way north of Silverdale even in the final days of last year’s widening project when the work was essentially complete but the temporary 30 mph speed limit signs were still up.
Dusty said the county never lowered the official 45 mph speed limit on the road during the widening, that the temporary signs were the orange or yellow advisory variety such as you see when approaching a curve. They had been removed on Silverdale Way by the time I went out and looked, so I didn’t realize that. The advisory signs don’t support a speeding ticket.
I wrote that one of the northernmost gates into the Bangor base was obviously out of service because huge, moss-covered concrete blocks on pallets blocked it. Dusty said the gate is used, that he’s seen it used, but is prohibited from saying any more.
I guess I should assume appearances may be deceiving at and near a nuclear weapons base.

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