Doug Robinson: Meet Tim Taylor, the man who gets you to and from work every day

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  • Scottfunkel Stansbury Park, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    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.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    July 16, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    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.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    July 15, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    Now that we all know his name,
    I can only hope he has an unlisted home phone and address...

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    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).

  • Swartzy Arlington, TX
    July 15, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 15, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    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?

  • JasonH84 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    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 statement.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    July 14, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    Three rights make a left...

  • Vegas POV Las Vegas, NV
    July 14, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    In the old days, 3 rights made a left. Glad those days are ging with the buggy whip.

  • Ron Hilton Holladay, UT
    July 14, 2014 5:33 p.m.

    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 necessary.