Letters to the Editor

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Tag: SR 16

Aug.
16th

SR 16: The ultimate fix is a little Darwinian

I’ve read with interest and much chagrin the opining of drivers about the eastbound state Route 16 Sprague Avenue exit. The photo accompanying a recent News Tribune article about the exit speaks volumes about “the real problem.” It’s The Skid Marks Stupid! Ironically, it’s doubtful those people leaving the skid marks learned anything from their harrowing experiences.

While I agree with the writer who said that it’s impossible to “moron proof” the exit, his letter stopped short of suggesting “the ultimate fix.”

Those drivers and their ilk who immediately christened the SR 16 exit with their

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Aug.
10th

SR 16: Why not add a flashing red light?

The Sprague Avenue exit ramp off state Route 16, the one with the serious accident just waiting to happen, would be made much safer with a simple addition: a flashing red light.

It appears that when the state Department of Transportation finishes that high-rise intersection in a couple years or so, it will include a stop signal because of crossing traffic. Why not add some large signage (Stop Ahead) and bold, flashing red lights to make the need to seriously slow down (stop?) more obvious?

It seems like a cheap way to keep someone from crashing through the jersey barriers

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Aug.
2nd

SR 16: You can’t moron-proof the Sprague ‘L’

How many flashing lights and 15 mph signs does it take to keep the “distracted, incompetent, intoxicated, impulsive, inexperienced” drivers from crashing into the Sprague Avenue off-ramp barriers?

Here’s a plan: Install a video cam at that intersection and revoke the driver’s license of each driver who hits the barrier. Don’t waste any more money trying to stupid-proof this road. Revoke their licenses and impound their vehicles.

Aug.
2nd

SR 16: Hard to engineer against dumb driving

Re: “Sprague off-ramp latest obstacle for SR 16 drivers” (TNT, 8-2).

The editorial is critical of the state Department of Transportation design and says that it contributes to more accidents.

The most important sentence in the editorial was, “The designers seem to have missed the fact that at least 30 percent of drivers are distracted, incompetent, intoxicated, superannuated, impulsive or inexperienced. They left the human factor out of a configuration that looked good on draft paper.”

The human factor is what every driver relies on when we are driving on a freeway with other cars in close proximity. We don’t

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July
18th

SR 16: What’s the fuss? Simply pay attention

There are plenty of warning signs and flashing lights indicating a 90-degree left-hand turn is coming up soon when exiting eastbound state Route 16 to Sprague Avenue.

I am not a big fan of governmental big brother things like red-light cameras, but in this case we are missing out on an entertainment opportunity. The WSDOT should install an idiot cam there. If you crash, and the camera gets your license plate number, you get a ticket for inattention.

If you really blow it, I believe that is called thinning the herd.

July
14th

SR 16: Sprague exit appallingly unsafe

I have read many opinions and comments in The News Tribune about the recent changes to state Route 16 and, of course, the dreaded Sprague Avenue exit. So I decided to check out the exit for myself as I was curious about all the fuss and wanted to see why people couldn’t simply follow the posted rules and navigate a section of roadway.

I had seen pictures of the skid marks on the pavement, knew the suggested speed limit of 15 mph, and was aware that I would go up a ramp and into a 90-degree left turn. It was

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July
8th

SR 16: Off-ramp seems simple enough

Re: “Sprague off-ramp takes hit” (TNT, 7-8).

The Sprague Avenue exit off state Route 16 might be a little different, but it is not unsafe. Its clearly marked with a yellow flashing light and a few signs. Seems pretty simple. If you don’t want to hit the wall, then slow down.

Driving is a privilege. We need to remake personal responsibility the cornerstone of our country again. People complaining or hitting this off ramp are a big part of the problem in America. They are far too selfish to take personal responsibility for their life. Any decent judge would not

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June
30th

SR 16: Let’s be more personally accountable

Regarding the letter about the Sprague Avenue exit off eastbound state Route 16 (TNT, 6-30).

The writer states that a driver cannot see the turn immediately and that when “you do see the turn, you are right on it and have to hit the brakes.”

There are a number of left-turn signs (complete with flashing yellow lights and arrows) displayed prominently approaching the turn. Simply paying attention to these alleviates any question about where the turn is.

The writer makes the point that this turn is dangerous as there were skid marks, paint marks and gouges in the jersey barrier.

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