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POLL: City of Gig Harbor Restripes Burnham, Sehmel Roundabouts

City workers recently restriped the Burnham and Sehmel roundabouts to improve traffic circulation and minimize driver confusion.

If you recently drove through the Burnham and Sehmel roundabouts in Gig Harbor, you’ve probably noticed new lines directing you through traffic.

According to the City of Gig Harbor, the new lines merge traffic from a two lane-circulating roundabout to a single-lane in order to provide better traffic circulation and minimize driver confusion. (Click on the diagrams to see the new changes.)

In a recent story on Gig Harbor Patch, .

Do you think you’ll have a change of heart thanks to the new lines?


Todd Ruth June 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM
How much was spent a couple of years ago to updated the roundabout in question and then they change part of it back? People need to pay attention to the road and not their phone (just saw it yesterday) or other self made distractions. We are not the only place that uses roundabouts. Bottom line, people need to learn how to drive!
otter June 24, 2012 at 02:13 AM
The prior arrangement allowed WB traffic headed to EB 16, to take an inside lane and then cut in front of a car that was EB from Sehmel toward City Centre in the outside lane. It was an accident waiting to happen (if it didn't already). The change forces WB cars to the outside lane, where they can choose to exit to Sehmel or continue on around to EB SR 16 ramp, or make U-turn if they stay in the inside lane. Before the inside lane could exit to EB SR 16 ramp, now it only allows movement toward City Centre. Less confusion.
Harborite June 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM
It's a pity they didn't build it right in the first place....one lane for all....here I go again, but the round a bout in Port Orchard works beautifully because it's big enough and there is only one lane around with good visibility from all directions. The one on Peacock Hill is one lane, but too small with poor visiblity in all directons of the oncoming traffic, thanks to trees and brush.. Don't even get me started on the Burnham circle of maddness :o)
ScottRAB June 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
If you’re looking at the other side of a modern roundabout when you’re entering, you’re driving unsafely. Drivers entering a modern roundabout should first look for pedestrians, then watch for other motorists coming from the left and then watch for pedestrians when exiting. The motorist on the other side of the circle won’t get to you for 5 or ten seconds. This is one reason landscaping is often placed in the circular island to block the motorist's view.
ScottRAB June 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
The roundabout in Port Orchard was designed to become two lanes. If you look at the splitter islands, they have a construction joint down the middle so the right half can be removed. Instead of putting the traffic on the outside lane for now, with the associated higher speeds, it would have been better to put them on the inside lane and widen outward in the future. Maybe the garbage truck wouldn't have overturned there if it were going slower.

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