Now I understand the paucity of protected left turn intersections here in Utah,
endangering both motorists and pedestrians as cars scramble to turn left before
the oncoming traffic or after when the light has already turned red. False
efficiency is prized over safety. Even the few protected left turn signals that
exist are poorly timed and seem to take no account of sensor input to monitor
actual left-turning traffic. Apparently left turns are inherently evil and must
be and only grudgingly tolerated where possible, and expensively avoided where
In the old days, 3 rights made a left. Glad those days are ging with the buggy
Three rights make a left...
He rides his bike to work? Doesn't want to be part of the problem? Coming
from, "the man who gets you to and from work every day," that's a
I love how these geniuses come up with new and complicated ways to supposedly
improve traffic flow while ignoring the simple fixes that would truly make the
most difference:1. Putting traffic detection on stoplights. How many
times have you sat idling at a red light while nobody was coming in the green
light direction? And do you have any idea how bad that is for the environment
and your wallet?2. Getting rid of un-used pedestrian signals that
unnecessarily extend the length of a green light. Why does the pedestrian
signal need to turn green when there's no pedestrians waiting to cross?
I was just visiting Utah and went into Draper I am sorry to say I cursed every
one involved in this idiotic intersection. What a waste of time and confusion.
If you are schooled first then it might work, but if you come into it cold it
is dangerous beyond belief. I was not the only one who was getting honked at
trying to figure out what was going on. I really dislike these type of
intersection I found in Draper. I also did one at 13400 south? near Walmart in
Riverton. That one was ok, I didn't have to go the wrong way to get to
where I wanted to go. In a suburb north of where I live, they put in one of
these wrong way left turn contraptions, and got so much negativity that they
finally had to take it out. The people hated it, even after 6 months. This one
did not speed things up, but clogged up the other lanes with so many people
trying to my U turns to come back to the intersection. Everyone I talked to up
there was still against it, said it was confusing even after a lot of use.
Now if he could just synchronize the traffic lights on 7th East, so everybody
doesn't have to stop at every light...I'm mostly joking.
I know it's harder than it looks, and they work really hard on this.
It's just not possible to insure nobody will ever encounter a red light (IF
you also accommodate people who need to turn left safely, and people on the
cross-streets to also be able to travel efficiently).
Now that we all know his name, I can only hope he has an unlisted home
phone and address...
The best thing they could do is to put more on and off ramps to the freeways. In
between all those "full interchanges" that are located every couple of
miles, there could be minor access points that only allow access from one side
of the freeway. For example, if you wanted to go north on I-15 from a minor road
located on the east side of the freeway you could. "Exit only" offramps
could let you get off as well. If you needed to go the other direction, your
only choice would be to go to a major interchange (as you must do now.) This
would alleviate a lot of traffic at the major interchanges.
Wow, it looks like a lot of people know exactly what to do to fix the roads.
Forget about this guy who has dedicated his life to understanding how traffic
actually works, not how it appears to work through your windshield.None of these intersections are installed before public comment is gathered.
Maybe everyone should be more involved in the community processes instead of
lambasting a good guy who is trying to help you out.