Feedback Try some cheap highway fixes
July 3, 2008 · Updated 10:03 PM
How about just repainting the lines on Highway 20 from Erie Street to Swantown Road and make it two lane southbound all the way? Eliminate the useless center lane, make the curb lane right turn only into Swantown Road and have the left lane head on down Highway 20. Leave the northbound left turn lane from Highway 20 to Erie, it is wide enough there to do it, eliminate the left turn lane into Scenic Heights, but still allow left turns.
That would make it two lane all the way from the Ford garage to Swantown and minimize the morons trying to wedge their way in just past Erie Street.
Lets see, a couple hundred dollars worth of paint, a day or so to put it on, a few traffic signs, yup, that will most likely cost less than another interminable study. And since the state DOT will squeal (now, there is a department never plagued with common sense), tell them to come up with a better, cheaper, quicker plan or sit down and shut up.
While youre at it, work a deal with the Navy to open up West Beach Road (Nortz Road?) from Clover Valley Road to Balda Road so locals can have another route to get to and from Deception Pass. Put up a big fence or something. That would be cheaper than re-doing all of Highway 20, and it would be a chance to clean up Collision Corners aka Highway 20/Balda/Northgate intersection, not to mention an alternate route for emergency vehicles if Highway 20 is blocked.
Roundabouts - Mayor Cohen, go back east and drive through a few before you sign a check.