Issues: street signal
Central Ave. & Willard St. New Haven, CT
This intersection needs major work. Narrowing the travel lanes by reducing pedestrian crossing distances would be one of the most effective ways to permanently reduce speeds. The city could also consider raised intersections and roundabouts, as they have in other neighborhoods.
Chris Heitmann wrote:
Cars don’t look like that when crashing at 25mph, which is what the posted speed limit is here and throughout New Haven. On neighborhood streets like Central and Willard, it arguably should be slower, more like 20mph. While the NHPD has done an excellent job of stepping up traffic enforcement in the neighborhood, enforcement will only get us so far. Similarly with education: it’s needed, but will have a very limited impact (no pun intended). The third “E” - Engineering - is where the city can really improve safety here. As Pedro suggests, this intersection is an excellent candidate for a small roundabout (not as big as on West Park, for which there’s no room here). Other alternatives would be bumping out the sidewalk at all four corners, thus narrowing the street and reducing crossing distances, raised crosswalks, and/or pedestrian refuges/planted medians leading into the intersection. The city needs to really study what the BEST solution would be here, and to consult with neighbors throughout. My concern with the idea of another traffic light is that cars would arguably speed more in order to make the light. The solution needs to SLOW PEOPLE DOWN, which would make this safer for cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and the kids who cross and wait here for the school bus every morning.
Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt yesterday and that no pedestrians or cyclists without 3000 pounds of steel to product them were in the intersection when this happened. A big thank you to the NHFD for a job well done and to the Independent for bringing attention to this sadly ongoing yet preventable issue.
A few other residents wrote:
- I live a few houses down on Willard, and that intersection is horrible. You have to pull out almost into the middle of Central to see past the street parking, and people fly up and down Central. It’s the only big intersection in the area without a 4 way stop.
- I was almost involved in a serious accident in high school right at this intersection. A guy in a Camaro was flying down central, and I pulled out from willard not seeing him (since he was so far down the street) and he slammed his brakes hard and just missed me. While I was the “cause” of him stopping, it was the fact that he was going about 60 down central that would have caused the accident.
- Central is a nice long straight run through Westville and people use it as a speedway to cross over New Haven all the time since it links Rt 34 to Whalley. The minimal cost of stop signs at all of the unsignaled intersections would greatly reduce the speeds on this street.
- Thank God no one was killed last night. That is without question one of THE WORST intersections in New Haven. Speed on Central Ave combined with poor visibility from Willard is a recipe for casualties.· Reported by Anonymous · Flag Flagged
High St & International Blvd Oakland, CA
If anyone's ever tried to take High Street between, say, Maxwell Park or the Laurel to 880 or Alameda during the day, especially about 2-7pm, knows this horrific backup.
Here's the situation: There are two lanes of traffic in each direction, no left turn lanes, no median barrier, no bike lanes, sidewalks abutting lanes of traffic (ie, no room to widen the street). The traffic light is on the simplest cycle imaginable: green for International, green for High, repeat.
When the light turns green for High Street, traffic in the left lane almost invariably wants to turn left, and has to yield to oncoming traffic, blocking the left lane for most of the cycle of the light. Meanwhile, traffic in the right lane has to yield to the high volume of pedestrian traffic in the neighborhood, which can easily block the right lane. It is not uncommon for traffic to only be able to advance a couple of car lengths per green. To make matters worse, few drivers signal their intentions to turn, at best at the last second when it is too late to get out of their lane!
While I don't expect any progress on Oakland driving etiquette, A left turn lane would alleviate a lot of this traffic. Perhaps signs at Courtland and 880 advising through traffic to take SR 77 (42nd Avenue).
Here's my ideal situation for this intersection: approaching International on High (in either direction), there would be, from right to left, a right turn lane, a through traffic lane, a left turn lane, and the opposing through traffic lane, coupled with signalized left turns, in all four directions (there is already a left turn lane on International, but no separate signal phase). This geometry involves some slight weaving in the intersection, but only about as much as there currently is at High and Foothill. Of course, it means that technically, this would create a bottleneck as two lanes in each direction merge into only one, but one lane that actually moves would be a remarkable improvement over none!
I have to drive this stretch of road multiple times a day, and I just can't believe how long this dysfunctional intersection has remained unchanged. Thank you!
Eagle Harbor Pkwy Carrollton, VA 23314, USA
The 3 traffic lights in this area need to be syncronized. In their current configuration you have to stop for at least one or more each trip and they frequently cause gridlock that backs traffic onto the JRB at rush hour.
WOW! Its been more than a year and absolutely nothing has been done to resolve this problem. How does Hampton synchronize all the lights on Mercury Blvd. but IW can't get 3 lights a few hundred feet apart to work together? Perhaps you guys should give Hampton traffic engineering a call and see if they can help. Please do something!! The gridlock caused by the poor timing of these lights is wasting gas and time of thousands of people a day.· Reported by Don · Flag Flagged
2500 S Adams Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USAIn times of higher traffic volumes, it can be almost impossible and/or dangerous to enter the westbound M59 entrance ramp from the northbound Adams road left turn lane (turn around). Either southbound traffic on Adams is coming at speed, or vehicles turning south on Adams from eastbound Hamlin (many from westbound M59 exit) constantly block access to Adams or to cross Adams to use the entrance ramp. This intersection either needs a traffic light or there should be 'No Turn On Red' for eastbound Hamlin Rd. traffic that wants to go southbound on Adams Rd. In times of poor weather, the delayed traffic attempting to get to the M59 entrance ramp also backs up on northbound Adams Rd causing an additional safety issue.· Reported by Roger Pippin · Flag Flagged
40899-41199 Romeo Plank Rd Clinton, MI 48038, USAThe intersection of Canal and Romeo Plank needs a traditional stop light. Traffic has doubled since the new library was constructed. And when the church services let out, or when there is a soccer or baseball game at the civic center, traffic is lined up at least 15 cars long in all directions. It wouldn't be so bad if drivers knew how to use the current 4-way-stop system.
State Road 2805 Charlotte, NC 28215, USAThere have been so many accidents of people coming in and out of Cambridge commons Dr and people on Harrisburg Rd turning into the development. Just 4/30/11 a big accident in that intersection where several firetrucks, emt, and others were helping to get the cars and people out. Several wrecks there happen every month. It is a very dangerous intersection. There is a stop sign coming out of Cambridge Commons Dr but nothing else. Its hard to see oncoming traffic and others want to pull in to the left as you are turing left yourself. Please HELP! AND HELP THE COMMUNITY OF CAMBRIDGE COMMONS· Reported by JESSICA · Flag Flagged
Willow And Nicoll New Haven, CT 06511, USAAccidents happen frequently at this corner (at least two in the last few days), which is controlled by a 2-way stop sign. Drivers on Nicoll will stop at the stop sign, then proceed assuming incorrectly that the driver on Willow has a stop sign as well. At the very least, the stop signs on Willow should carry an indication that crossing traffic does not stop, but a 4-way stop is the better solution at an intersection where people tend to barrel down Willow at an unsafe speed.