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Why did SK state highway numbers change?

The in basket: There was some discussion on the Road Warrior blog at kitsapsun.com back in January about notification to drivers in Gorst that Highway 166 was closed briefly by another slide.

Though a portable electronic sign in Gorst announced that Highway 166 was closed, enough people continued in that direction and had to turn around at the barricade that it became apparent that many drivers don’t know highways by their numbers. Specifically, it showed that a lot of drivers don’t know that the waterfront route between Gorst and Port Orchard IS Highway 166.

One of the bloggers wondered why the state moved the old Highway 160 designation for that Port Orchard-Gorst route to Sedgwick Road when it became a state highway and assigned a new number (166) to the old highway, contributing to the confusion.

I didn’t recall, so I asked.

The out basket: I should have recalled, because it was quite an issue at the time. State Traffic Operations Engineer Steve Bennett refreshed my memory.

“Highway 160 was shifted to Sedgwick Road by the 1991 legislature as part of the large Route Jurisdiction Transfer (RJT) legislation that affected hundreds of miles of county roads, city streets, and state highways,” Steve said. “. This legislation became effective April 1, 1992. At this time, old Highway 160 through Port Orchard was dropped from the state highway system.

“The 1993 session of the legislature added old Highway 160 from Highway 16 to the east city limits of Port Orchard back to the state highway system as Highway 166. The city or perhaps county had requested this action due to the slide conditions along old SR 160 on the west side of town.”

Repairs of those slides cost in the millions of dollars, too much for a small city and even a medium size county to afford.

Mile Hill Drive vs. Sedgwick Road – again

The in basket: Tom Myers Jr. asked me recently what the impetus was to widen Mile Hill Drive between Woods Road and Long Lake Road to put in a center turn lane, which was done last year even though there are hardly any places one can turn left through that stretch.
He asked me in a meeting in which he and various other Sedgwick Road property owners west of Bethel Avenue were exploring ways to get a two-way center turn lane added there, an improvement left out of state plans to make that stretch safer and extend the two-way center turn lane east of Bethel Avenue all the way to Brasch Road.
His underlying assertion was that a center turn lane was needed much more west of Bethel on Sedgwick than on that portion of Mile Hill Drive.
The out basket: As I said when Tim Ferris made a similar comparison between the two highways back in March of ’07, Mile Hill is a county road and Sedgwick a state highway and the two governments have their own priority lists as to what gets improved.
But I had to concede to Tom that I didn’t know why the stretch between Long Lake and Woods Roads was included in the Mile Hill Drive widening, which continued east from Woods past Alaska Avenue. Left turns are numerous east of Woods, but rare west of there.
Dick Dadisman of the Kitsap County public works staff replies, “The main reason is for continuity of the roadway through the length of the project area.
“Pre-project, there were left turn lanes at Bulman and Woods Roads. This project installed a traffic light on Long Lake Road and the westbound left turn lane at the Long Lake intersection.
“With turn lanes and their associated tapers at Long Lake, Bulman, and Woods, there isn’t much distance left to taper the roadway back to two lanes.” If they had, he said. “through traffic would be weaving in and out through the width of the pavement at all these intersections.”