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Rough paving job on Stottlemeyer explained

The in basket: Betty Ann Sallis e-mails to say, “Late this fall, Stottlemeyer Road was excavated in numerous areas between Lincoln and Gunderson. It was subsequently patched.

“The road is now very uneven with big areas of patching in each lane on both sides. These patches are very uneven and make driving difficult and bumpy.

“The road was actually in pretty good shape before with the exception of a few potholes,” she said. “It now needs a total topcoat but this was only done in two areas – one being the section where it tees at Lincoln.

“Why did they do this? Is there a plan to topcoat the entire road?”

The in basket: Yes, there is, says Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works. What one sees there now “was a pre-level for paving,” he said. “We had planned to pave the road in October, but were unable to get asphalt from our supplier. We were able to get a couple of loads in November that allowed us to pave the tapers off each end. It is planned for one of our first projects during the paving season next year.”

Do overhead traffic detectors record images?

The in basket: Andrew MacMillen is the latest to ask about the cameras Kitsap County is putting on top of more and more of its traffic signal cross arms, the ones at Miller Bay  and Gunderson roads near Indianola in his case. 

“When the lights were originally installed, they only had the bus/emergency preemption notifier/receivers,” he said. “What are the new cameras for?” 

When I told him they are overhead traffic detectors that tell the signals when cars are waiting, used in lieu of the in-pavement wires that have been around for years, Andrew had some more questions. 

“Just to be thoroughly paranoid,” he said,”if they are video cameras that use pattern recognition to detect traffic, can the signal be poached for other purposes?  My concerns are that if they have video, 1) is it retained, 2) can it be used for make/model/face/plate/etc. recognition, either live or later? Or used as a red light system, etc. ad nauseum.”

While I was asking about them, I asked how they worked for their main purpose. It has to be more than motion detection, I reasoned, as stopped cars aren’t moving. 

The out basket: Jeff Shea, Kitsap County’s traffic engineer, replied, “The cameras are not new. They were installed when the signals were constructed. The detection cameras are actual video cameras that detect traffic when the default pixel pattern is disrupted. 

“While it is technologically possible to record and transmit images, there are no communication lines connected to the camera,” Jeff said. “We do not have any recording devices at the signal cabinet itself either, so no video is retained by the county.”