Best traffic solution for a bad intersection?
October 12, 2006 6:35 AM Subscribe
Trafficfilter: at a problem intersection, what traffic solution would most benefit me – a stoplight, a traffic cop, a rotary, or something else?
posted by acridrabbit to travel & transportation (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There’s an intersection on my daily commute that causes me at least a five-minute delay every morning. My only way to work is on a two-lane state road (let’s call it Route 18), and the problem happens at the intersection of Route 18 and a side street, from which a lot of cars want to turn onto Route 18. The drivers on the side street have a stop sign, but drivers on Route 18 slow down to let them on, which makes the traffic back up for miles (and makes me very annoyed, since the slowing drivers have the right-of-way). To make matters worse, about 1/10 of a mile from there, many of the cars turn left from Route 18 onto a different side street, so the traffic backs up again as these cars yield to oncoming traffic.
I want to complain to the town about this intersection and advocate for the solution that would most benefit me. So what should I advocate for: a stoplight, a traffic cop, a rotary, or something else? And should I advocate for two stoplights/traffic cops, one at the first side street and another at the street where all the cars turn left? If a rotary is the best solution, I figure both intersections could be included – but I kind of hate rotaries.