Wonder if we could ever get a thread going where folks could report traffic signal, street maintenance issues they see. Our City of Manhattan Street Department does a commendable job maintaining our streets. I’ve driven many communitys and we are blessed to have the dedicated staff working for us here. However, they cannot be everywhere. And, some of the things that bug me may not be issues at all. They may be the way someone has designed it… just to aggravate me.
Some I’ve noticed lately…
1. Juliette and Ft. Riley Blvd. When there’s no traffic out… 4 a.m., etc… the light defaults to Juliette. FRB traffic has to stop and wait for the light to change. Then, just as soon as the cars have passed, it defaults back to Juliette. I would think that light should be set to default to FRB, the more traveled thoroughfare.
2. 3rd and Pierre. Coming off the viaduct into Manhattan, there used to be a left had turn arrow to allow traffic a protected turn south, towards the Discovery Center. Now, westbound off the viaduct, there is no left hand protected arrow and you have to wait until the eastbound traffic clears. What happened to that protected left hand turn?
3. 3rd and Ft. Riley Blvd. Who the heck put that large electrical control box on the northeast corner of the intersection??? Someone’s going to get smeared all over FRB, by not being able to see traffic comeing from the east… if you are southbound on 3rd.
4. Exiting FRB, eastbound, onto Seth Childs. The exit ramp allows BOTH lanes to make the left hand turn onto Seth Childs. There is a single traffic sign to the south of the intersection showing this. Strangers/visitors/newbies may not anticipate the outside land making that left hand turn. Why can’t they hang a sign from the overhead traffic signal showing both lanes making the left hand turn. I’ve been honked at, flipped off, and have had to drive on the shoulder as folks on the inside lane try to make a wide turn onto Seth Childs, using both lanes.