Engineering Drawings, Signs for Gooseberry Queuing Plan

Here’s the official plan for changes in how vehicles will line up and load at Gooseberry Pt.  (link takes you to the version that is stored on the easily searched Whatcom Count Ferry Documents Archive created last year by Nancy Ging.) A hard copy of the plan was put at the Island Library last night.  Earlier today, Mike McKenzie also posted a copy on Facebook that can be downloaded.

The Public Works’ engineering drawing includes their work plan and proposed ‘how to’ signs for the new vehicle line-up and loading (now called ‘re-channelization’ ;-)).  This is what Public Works sent LIFAC, asking for suggestions and islander feedback on the wording of signs.

I was wrong on two details in my preliminary description of a few days ago. There will be (a)  2 not 3 handicapped spaces close to the mainland dock; (b) cars will no longer wait on the dock (I’ve heard that’s to reduce stress on the aging dock; don’t know if that is correct.)  I’ve heard conflicting dates for PW completing this work.  I’m personally going with what Chris Brueske told me last week, “by the end of dry dock” with some work to be finished sooner.  Certainly the work will be complete by October 1, the deadline in the lease agreement.

I  just learned (email from Mike McKenzie) that he’s asked the other LIFAC members to approve or modify some proposed changes to the signs, so he can send the LIFAC recommendations to Public Works and County Council today.  I don’t know if it’s too late for other islanders to give their input. I did, earlier today (see comment below). If you want to give  input, email LIFAC ASAP (click here for member names and emails)

3 thoughts on “Engineering Drawings, Signs for Gooseberry Queuing Plan

  1. Copy of email I sent this morning to LIFAC, after I saw the PW plans:

    On 8/22/2012 10:23 AM, Wynne Lee wrote:
    > Hi LIFAC members:
    > Just saw the PW plan for the re-queuing work and signs, courtesy of your emailing the document to Bill who shared it with me.
    > Here are my proposed revisions to wording of signs 3 & 4, with my reasons. I assume that LIFAC hasn’t sent in its suggestions yet. Is that correct? If not and you’ve already given them your feedback, please let me know ASAP.
    > Sign 3. revise to: “Start with right lane. Then alternate 1 vehicle per lane”
    > Reasons:
    > The order of instructions should mirror the order of actions. (“start” happens before “alternate”)
    > People read 1 syllable words faster than multi-syllabic words (Start vs Begin)
    > People read numerals (1) faster and more accurately than words (1 vs one)
    > Sign 4. “Enter the shorter line” or “”Pull into shorter line” or “Enter shorter line”
    > Reason: Both “enter” and “pull into” are more concrete and shorter than the abstract ‘proceed to’. Short, concrete action verbs are more ‘directive’ than abstract phrase like ‘proceed to’.
    > I suppose there’s some state law prohibiting using both lower and upper case letters on road signs but I’ve read that words in all caps are bigger but generally take longer to read & understand. So, if there’s a choice, I recommend using both upper & lower case where that’s appropriate.
    > Did the title of the plan make you smile, too? Hope we all don’t now have to say, “re-channelization.” From from line-up or queuing — each 2 syllables, 7 letters — to channelization — 5 syllables & 14 letters. Talk about linguistic inflation . . . 😉
    > Wynne
    > Wynne Lee
    > 2171 Tuttle Lane
    > Lummi Island, WA 98262
    > 360-778-0271

  2. Well, It looks like there will no longer be a “staging” lane on the GP dock for cars, losing 6 or 7 car spaces then creating a second staging lane. Why can’t lane #1 or A or whatever begin at current stop sign and staging lane #2 begin just off of dock as planned? Losing 7 car lengths with a net gain of maybe 4? And losing net ADA parking and walk-on parking to boot. Change is good, though.

    • Okay. With the revised clarification all makes sense to me: One staging lane on dock and then two other lanes on land feeding into the current on dock lane. I especially like the do si do loading concept. Vehicle 1 in lane 1 goes, then vehicle 1 in lane 2, then vehicle 2 in lane 1, then vehicle 2 in lane 2 and so on. I wonder how long it will take to figure out if you are the 21st car to get on and will you cut in front of 20? My preference would be to have All of lane 1 goes first, then all of lane 2, then all the rest behind the two staging lanes (who would fill up dock & lane 1 for next ferry trip).

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