Quick end to Pacific-Burwell experiment

The in basket: Betsy Raleigh and Michael Maria wondered why the city of Bremerton abandoned its experiment with an all-way stop at Burwell Street and Pacific Avenue so quickly.
“The reader who suggested that it be an all-way stop was right and the intersection worked beautifully for the few days that the city used this technique,” Betsy said. Michael said, “Traffic seemed to be flowing fine as a two-way stop.  Do you know why the city changed it?” 


The in basket: Betsy Raleigh and Michael Maria wondered why the city of Bremerton abandoned its experiment with an all-way stop at Burwell Street and Pacific Avenue so quickly.
“The reader who suggested that it be an all-way stop was right and the intersection worked beautifully for the few days that the city used this technique,” Betsy said. “Now that the traffic light is being used, the downtown area gets backed up each morning during the commute.  Any hope that the city will return to the all-way stop sign?”
Michael said, “Traffic seemed to be flowing fine as a two-way stop.  Do you know why the city changed it?” 
The out basket: Lynn Price of the city engineering staff says, “When we changed the signal to all-way stop we received immediate negative comments from WSDOT, Kitsap Transit and Washington State Ferries. (WSDOT is the state department of transportation, which is managing the downtown tunnel project). 
“They all stated that there were significant backups on Pacific Avenue during the a.m. peak.  We were asked to return the signal to the previous setup, which provides a large portion of the cycle time to the southbound Pacific Avenue movement.”  
The city’s signal crew is working on revised timing of the light to recognize that Pacific needs the bulk of the green time only during the morning ferry rush, Lynn said. That should reduce backups on Burwell.

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  1. So basically, our engineers did the right thing by installing a stop sign like the people wanted. They then caved to others that have less experience in vehicle traffic management.
    We wouldn’t have even needed a tunnel if a fraction of the money would have been spent to just place a light with sensors at Pacific and Burwell that was correctly timed with a light at Washington and Burwell.

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