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
I climb in my car, buckle my seat belt, take several deep, cleansing breaths and set out to do something that terrifies me and might inspire rage in you.I’m on my way to make left turns on Dodge Street.As everyone who has lived in Omaha for more than four days knows, you do not, will not, absolutely cannot turn left on Dodge. Most people think it’s illegal. That’s actually false: You can lawfully turn left into most businesses and homes along our main thoroughfare, though turning left onto another street is banned.But the truth is it doesn’t much matter. What happens when you turn left on Dodge is far scarier than a traffic ticket. What happens to you when you turn left on Dodge is what happened to me at 4:15 p.m. on a recent weekday.I brake, take another deep breath, click on my turn signal and bottle up a line of westbound traffic as I wait for a chance to turn left into the Taco Bell near 38th Street.The driver behind me, a middle-aged man in a gray sedan, … [Read more...] about Hansen: Left turns on Dodge, while not always illegal, remain punished by custom
James “Michael” Montgomery thought he was going to get hit when a Miami cop pulled in front of his scooter at a busy intersection and tried to make a left turn, despite a sign indicating left turns weren’t allowed. As traffic built up behind him at the green light, Montgomery frantically honked his horn and yelled, "No left turn!" Trying to stop a police officer from pulling an illegal turn had consequences, though. After getting out of his patrol car and asking Montgomery whether his horn was broken, Officer Matthew Hall gave the 54-year-old military veteran a ticket for improper use of a horn. He threw in a second citation for not wearing approved eye protection — even though Montgomery was wearing a helmet with a “DOT approved” sticker on it.“That really pissed me off,” Montgomery later told the Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP), an independent oversight board that reviewed the incident. “From the moment he said that, I said, … [Read more...] about After Honking at Cop for Illegal Left Turn, Scooter Rider Gets Ticketed for Horn Usage