Stop sign at White Horse questioned – again

The in basket: Joe Matot of Indianola says, “On South Kingston Road heading south (toward Indianola), there is a sign
that clearly says “Arterial turns.” There is no stop sign for traffic leaving White
Horse.
However, if you’re heading north (toward Kingston) at the same curve, there is
a stop sign. So everyone coming from Indianola, Miller Bay, and everywhere
else heading for Kingston or the ferry has to stop for the few leaving the
housing and golf course areas.
“Put the stop sign on the road leaving White Horse
and remove the one for the northbound main arterial traffic,” said Joe.


The in basket: Joe Matot of Indianola says, “On South Kingston Road heading south (toward Indianola), there is a sign
that clearly says “Arterial turns.” After having had to slam on my brakes
twice while following the curve in the road, once for a car and once for a
truck coming out of the White Horse development onto the main arterial, I
checked it out. There is no stop sign for traffic leaving White
Horse.
However, if you’re heading north (toward Kingston) at the same curve, there is
a stop sign. So everyone coming from Indianola, Miller Bay, and everywhere
else heading for Kingston or the ferry has to stop for the few leaving the
housing and golf course areas.
“I recommend strongly: put the stop sign on the road leaving White Horse
and remove the one for the northbound main arterial traffic,” said Joe.
The out basket: Kitsap County road officials didn’t agree with that idea in late 2004, when Jack Chastain raised the same issue in Road Warrior, and they don’t agree now.
Jeff Shea, county traffic engineer, says, “When that curve was rebuilt, it became a T intersection. The normal traffic control for that type of intersection is a stop sign on the ‘stem’ of the intersection.
“Because of the familiarity of the old
configuration, we expected that motorists might be resistant to the
change. We added additional side road and stop ahead signs to help with
the transition.
“When making a left turn it is normal to yield to oncoming traffic,” he continued. “That concept is generally understood by most motorists, and covered by driving rules and regulations and the Washington Driver Guide The left-turn lane and two left-turn arrows make it pretty clear that this is a left turn.
“The’ arterial turns’ sign is there to let motorists know that South Kingston Road turns at the
intersection. We had several complaints that motorists were missing the
turn and having to turn around.
“Since the intersection opened in 2004 we
have received only a few complaints,” Jeff said. “There has not been a reported
accident there since the reconfiguration. We continue to monitor this
area as traffic volumes increase.”

2 thoughts on “Stop sign at White Horse questioned – again

  1. I have questioned this intersection also. To my untrained eye it looks like some money was given under the table by the White Horse developer to a county official. Why not make it an all-way stop?
    It seems the county does not want to impede people coming from million-dollar homes. I also see a lot of construction vehicles speeding out of Whitehorse, a stop sign should be installed to slow them down.
    They were also allowed to close South Kingston road for two weeks one summer so the developer could install underground utilities. A five-mile or so inconvenience to many living in the area. Why not just auger under the road or close one side at a time? Looks like special privileges given to a developer so he could save money.
    Did the county make Whitehorse remove all the ugly boulders they placed along south Kingston Road? You would think that since they were allowed to close the road for two weeks, they would have made the road wider and safer, but they didn’t.

  2. After reading today’s Road Warrior response to Joe Matot’s inquiry, I would also like to know how Jeff Shea, county traffic engineer, can justify not having a stop sign at South Kingston Road coming out of White Horse. South Kingston Road is the main road from Kingston to Indianola and always has been. I can’t think of too many places that you can drive on to a main road without stopping – in fact, I missed getting my drivers license once because I made what he called a “California Stop” – going on to a main road without stopping. Is there some reason why the people living in White Horse don’t feel like they have to make a stop?
    There should not be a stop on South Kingston Road going either north or south but one coming out of White Horse. I agree with both Joe Matot and Jack Chastain and many people that feel the same but haven’t taken the time to complain. Tell Jeff that he should re-evaluate the situation and do what is right for the majority not the minority. That corner is an accident waiting to happen.

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