STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Richmond Avenue drivers are no strangers to the daily congestion that plagues a busy portion of the roadway in Bulls Head.Each day hundreds of northbound drivers on Richmond Avenue make the left turn onto Signs Road, a popular shortcut to Victory Boulevard that allows drivers to bypass the busy Richmond-Victory intersection.However, during peak travel hours, the left turn lane becomes overrun with vehicles, spilling over into the left-most travel lane and causing residual delays as other drivers zig and zag around them in an effort to beat the light.The end result is a traffic pattern that’s not only inefficient, but also dangerous to Staten Island drivers.The video above shows what an average afternoon rush hour looks like when making a left turn at this intersection.This longstanding issue prompted Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island) to write a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT), requesting an extension of the left turn lane in order to … [Read more...] about Are left turn lanes on Richmond Avenue causing unnecessary congestion?
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mid-Island motorists will soon be spending less time stuck at a busy Willowbrook intersection.The Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to remove the red, no-left-turn signal at Victory Boulevard and Willowbrook Road that has been causing delays since its installation in late September, Councilman Steven Matteo announced on Twitter. “The left-turn signal will instead turn yellow, permitting turns when they are safe, and will turn green after the yellow cycle. So, whenever there is a straight green on Victory, vehicles will be able to make a left turn since the left-turn light will either be yellow or green,” said Matteo.When initially installing the left-turn signal, the DOT elected to implement a red, no-left-turn signal for the majority of the green light phase. This requires vehicles turning left to wait at the otherwise green light, despite large gaps in oncoming traffic leaving ample time to turn.As seen in the video above, there are … [Read more...] about No-left-turn arrow to be removed from busy Willowbrook intersection
1 of 11 View 11 Items Steve Griffin, Deseret News Cars turn left onto North Temple from State Street in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 25, 2018. According to federal data, 53 percent of crossing-path crashes involve left turns (compared to only 5.7 percent involving right turns) and 36 percent of fatal crashes involving a motorcycle results from a vehicle making a left turn in front of the motorcycle. Additional data show left turns can be three times as fatal to pedestrians and bicyclists as right turns. SALT LAKE CITY — BYU traffic engineers teamed up with the Utah Department of Transportation to address what they call one of Utah's biggest driving safety concerns: left turns. Grant Schultz and Mitsuru Saito, professors of civil engineering, headed a study with UDOT to identify the safety impacts and benefits of installing raised medians between busy two-way streets, blocking left turns for drivers until they reach an intersection. "Every time we have … [Read more...] about BYU study notes safety value of no-left-turn road medians
By Gary Richards | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 22, 2018 at 4:00 am | UPDATED: May 22, 2018 at 4:17 am Q: No, Mr. Roadshow. … It’s not right to honk at a driver making a right turn, but refuses to do so because he can’t immediately get into the left lanes. … You are suggesting that he make a right turn, find a spot to make a u-turn, come back to the light all to save some jerk 10 seconds? That seems unreasonable. I think you were wrong on this one. Sylvia Moore, Sabrina Stanley, Dan O’Neal, Junie Dahl and others A: A refresher course. Last week J. Kidambi of San Jose was waiting for all lanes to clear at Branham Lane and Camden Avenue before safely make a right turn and an immediate left. This blocked traffic, resulting in angry horn honking and a single-finger salute. I replied that Kidambi should have turned right and most folks agreed. Q: Gary is dead on right about the right turn. I know someone … [Read more...] about The right vs. left turn debate irritates many: Roadshow
By Tomoya Shimura | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterApril 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm IRVINE — The light is red, but the path for turning left is clear. Starting with five test intersections, Irvine drivers will no longer have to wait for a traffic signal to turn green to make left turns if there’s no oncoming traffic. Soon a flashing yellow arrow will let drivers make the turn if it is safe. The City Council on Tuesday, April 10, approved installing new streetlight fixtures at five intersections featuring four left-turn arrows: green (oncoming traffic is stopped with a red light), flashing yellow (if it is safe, you can turn, but on-coming traffic has a green light), steady yellow (be prepared to stop) and red (sit tight, don’t go anywhere). Currently, left turns at these intersections are only allowed with the green arrow. “There are intersections that don’t have quite the load on them, and we find ourselves sitting at the intersection for three, … [Read more...] about Irvine to install new traffic signals to cut down left-turn wait times