Unexpected change at Kitsap Way and Marine Drive

The in basket: Roy Holland wrote in August to say, “With (the paving of) Kitsap Way nearly completed I see a change is being made.  I am wondering if it is a mistake or on purpose. 
“For many years it has been illegal for eastbound traffic to make a left turn from the Marine Drive traffic light back west for several hundred feet. This included (turns into) R&H Market, Money Tree and the pizza shop. There were double yellow lines and diagonal hashing in between. 
“Now there are just two yellow lines with no hashing,” Roy said.  “Has the city decided to make a left turn there legal now?”


The in basket: Roy Holland wrote in August to say, “With (the paving of) Kitsap Way nearly completed I see a change is being made.  I am wondering if it is a mistake or on purpose. 
“For many years it has been illegal for eastbound traffic to make a left turn from the Marine Drive traffic light back west for several hundred feet. This included (turns into) R&H Market, Money Tree and the pizza shop. There were double yellow lines and diagonal hashing in between. 
“Now there are just two yellow lines with no hashing,” Roy said.  “Has the city decided to make a left turn there legal now?”
The out basket: The question of what centerline treatment makes a left turn illegal is one of the most perplexing I receive questions about, since the state law that addressed it is one of the most obscure in the books. But clearly the two rows of yellow dots at that spot now permit left turns.
It’s generally agreed that if the centerline isn’t a raised barrier, a solid stripe 18 inches or wider or crosshatched, left turns are legal.
Kitsap Way is a state highway (SR 310) as well as a city street and the state did the paving. Steve Cochran of the local project office for the state said that existing state records showed “no existing typical crosshatching on SR 310 at Marine Drive prior to our recent paving project – unless he is referring to the Type 3 raised pavement markers placed on a diagonal between the double yellow lines along the left side of the left turn lane. I hadn’t thought of the diagonally placed Type 3 raised pavement markings between two solid yellow paint lines as a median, but after reading the Drivers Guide, it appears that they would meet this criteria.”
He is waiting to here from the city of Bremerton engineering office about whether it wants the diagonal markers replaced to restore the prohibition on left turns or the existing striping left as is, he said.

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