Hazard needs fix or someone will die

What is the Washington state Department of Transportation thinking? Sunday night I was riding my Harley north on I-5 between mileposts 189 and 193 (Everett mall and downtown Everett). I was aware and prepared for the grooved pavement in the construction zone. What I was not prepared for or warned about was a 4-inch, almost vertical edge of paving that was running on an angle across the lane — this is unbelievable! Because it was dark I did not see (or expect!) the edge of asphalt until I hit it; my bike pitched hard to the right, I have no idea how I caught it and stayed upright. Once I passed this almost life-ending hazard I notice the typical “Motorcycles use extreme caution” sign but never anything warning me of this specific hazard.

I have been riding motorcycles for over 30 years and have never seen a construction hazard left like this. I know enough about road construction to know that paving equipment is designed to pave one lane width at a time, so I have no idea why the construction was approached in this manner. The DOT had better learn from this and hope no one gets killed before they fix it.

Randy Wentworth


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