Why, yes, she is right…
“I’m writing on behalf of a friend who is always right,” begins Donn Franklin in an email to Street Smarts.
“When a person is driving east on Everett Avenue, there is a sign between Cedar and Maple that directs people to I-5, next right. … That works for I-5 southbound, but to go north, a person needs to go straight for another block and then turn left,” Franklin said.
Because the sign lacks a “south” or “north” designation, drivers can quickly get turned around.
That’s what happened to his friend, Debbie Gailis, who in trying to avoid going south, ended up in an even more frustrating situation — headed east across the trestle on U.S. 2.
“Maybe someone could update the signage to show right to southbound I-5, straight and then left to northbound I-5,” Franklin said.
You bet, said Tom Pearce, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
“We plan to replace the current sign with one that has two arrows — one that shows drivers to go straight to northbound I-5, along with a right arrow directing drivers to southbound I-5,” Pearce said. “When you continue straight, we already have a sign after Walnut Street that tells drivers to use the left lane for northbound I-5.
“The new sign will be in place in a couple of months.”