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Road Wizard Archive - 2003

  Date             Topics

December 28  Signal at Gekeler/Bergeson, merge lane at Federal Way and Protest

December 21  Signals and diodes, signals at Broadway/Federal Way and DeMeyer/Cloverdale

December 14  Busiest intersections, wrong road signage, left turn legalities

December 7   Signals at Mitchell/Emerald, Vista/Cassia and Maple Grove/Franklin

November 30   Traffic signs on private property, right turns on red

November 23   No left turns on red at Vista/I-84, the signal at Mitchell/Emerald

November 16   Red light signs, Franklin/Touchmark signal, speeds on Federal Way

November 9   "Invisible" bicycles at intersections, lefts off Milwaukee and center-lane driving

November 2   Signal at State/Bloom, Five Mile bike lane, Franklin widening

October 26   Why Five and Ten Mile roads are six miles apart

October 19   Federal Way speeds, request for a Cole/Fairview barrier

October 12   Signals on Five Mile Road, motorcycles left out/by the loop

October 5   Eagle Road's center lane, interpreting the left-on-red law

September 28   Right-on-red at Amity/Federal Way, accident trends

September 21   Gas octane, rural rumble strips, Mountain View/Cole signal

September 14  Why a signal at Main and 1st? Lefts at Broadway/University

September 7   Signal at Eagle Road/I-84, correct speed on Glenwood Street

August 31   Rumble strips, sinking utility trenches and Thermotape

August 24   Meridian High traffic, funeral processions and Chinden detour

                        ... and the March 1996 column on funeral processions

August 17  Coffee Street sidewalk request, Gekeler Street traffic calming

August 10   Broadway/Main Street signalization, chipsealing questions

August 3   Intersection outages, I-84 exit to Orchard and a left-arrow request

July 27   Street name changes, chipsealing and road maintenance

July 20   Exiting parking lots, street renaming, Mitchell and Ustick signal

July 13  Idaho and 1st, a problem turn, intersection and driveway etiquette

July 6   Linder Road closures, Curtis Road landscaping, head restraints

June 29   Harrison school crossing, Cruzen/Curtis cut-thru traffic

June 22   Cloverdale widening, construction zone obstructions

June 15   20/25 mph speed limits: school zones, residential areas

June 8     Rail crossing repairs, flaggers and road closures

June 1     Turning left on a red light, analyzing traffic bottlenecks

May 25    Cloverdale/Overland sight obstruction, keep right, Eagle signals

May 18    Signal at Hill/Catalpa/36th, lane-line paint, neighborhood petitions

May 11    Construction signs on sidewalks, Federal Way/Yamhill Road

May 4  Interchange landscaping, Federal Way/Broadway Avenue merge

April 27   Federal Way/Yamhill signal, slower traffic to the right

April 20   Latah/Kootenai signal, Wye landscaping, protected left turns

April 13   Hospital driving, Latah/Kootenai signal, school-zone speeds

April 6   Parking violations, reflective paint

March 30   State/Glenwood signal length, Curtis Road congestion

March 23   Heavy vehicle restrictions, tight Ustick/Locust Grove turn

March 16   Red-running at Five Mile/Chinden, West ParkCenter Bridge turning

March 9   Green lights vs. green arrows, Five Mile/Fairview backups

March 2   Curtis/Fairview signal length, broken Glenwood/Riverside detector

February 23   Benjamin/Franklin intersection, traffic signal timing

February 16   Eisenman/Gowen turn signal, Gowen bottleneck

February 9   Opticom system (emergency vehicles), traffic cameras

February 2   Turns from 9th to Front, traffic signal synchronization

January 26   Chipsealing, school zone driving, Federal Way

January 19   Westpark Drive, Fairview/Five Mile

January 12   Chinden/Five Mile work, signal head location and number