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Maddie was entitled to the entire lane. It is an easy assumption that a road connected to WWU on a 60 degree February day somebody on a bike may be on that road.
And those operating motor vehicles should know that the sun is setting and visibility is restricted and perhaps should have a cup of coffee and wait for a few minutes. It is a responsibility to operate a motor vehicle safely. Everybody has the right of safety on our public right of ways.
I have found the City of Walla Walla's engineering staff to be patient and informative. But without the strong support of the City Manager/Council our roads will continue to be subpar.
The City is facing a 65% increase in liability insurance from 2013 actual to 2015 budget. Over $100k increase, but council ignores safety improvements and implements whims. Rose Street comes to mind.
Since the City is self insured, the increase is a direct result of paid claims.
Also worth adding, when St. Mary's expanded their cancer center a few years back it was suggested to the City that improvements for pedestrians from the cancer center to the church would be appropriate. That suggestion fell on deaf ears.
Three traffic lanes, a pedestrian refuge and pedestrian activated blinking lights would be a good example. There are other designs but this would be cost effective.
Case 1 is the direct result of a poorly engineered pedestrian crossing. I believe Case 2 and 3 are still being investigated.
I am familiar with the traffic on Hwy 12. I don't ride my bike out in that direction on the highway, so it wasn't me. Of course if somebody was riding out there they would have no alternative than to be in the lane crossing the depression era bridges which will still need replacing if the 4-laning to the top of Nine Mile is funded. While the irrigation circle isn't exactly nowhere, it's close.
In the 60's when I-5 was going through Seattle ramps to nowhere were built. I seem to recall a bridge to nowhere in Alaska. I am dissappointed our representatives in Olympia could possibly be voting for a tax gas increase that includes Walla Walla's own road to nowhere.
Agreed, this intersection is horrible. In the fog the other day a semi was making a U-turn on the highway. The cheap solution would be to close it. By far I would prefer state funding go to this project instead of a roundabout on Plaza or the 4-laning of Hwy 12 to the top of Nine Mile.
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