If you haven’t had a chance to view the city’s plan to redesign Rose Street, now is the time.
Replacing the existing four lanes with two traffic lanes, two bike lanes and a center left-turn lane has business and homeowners on the street asking some serious questions and pointing out some serious problems.
Businesses and residents of Golden West Estates that use Jade Street are going to find they now have to contend with a head-on collision hazard upon entering the center lane to turn left onto Jade. If there is another motorist entering the center lane to turn left onto Cruthers at the same time, then the motorists will block each other from reaching their turns. They will have to stop to avoid a head-on collision, then navigate around each other to get to their respective turns.
The reason this hazard is present in the new plan is because Jade, Rose and Cruthers form what is called a “Split Tee” or staggered intersection. Jade and Cruthers are too close together to safely utilize a shared left turn lane.
Both motorists making left turns would be in their legal right to be in the lane, so who would be at fault if there were to be a head-on collision?
This is one of the serious questions that is being asked about the new “safer” design. Especially in light of the heavily populated retirement community on Jade.
Drive down Rose and envision this hazard that will be created. I encourage you to see what seems to have eluded some of Walla Walla’s finest.
Don’t get me started on the Hazmat or public transit vehicles stopping at the tracks on 13th and Valley Transit buses stopping along Rose where there will no longer be an additional lane to safely navigate around them.