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
William Booth, The Washington Post Published 9:05 am CDT, Saturday, September 29, 2018 Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour party, reacts after delivering his keynote speech on the closing day of the annual Labour party conference in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour party, reacts after delivering his keynote speech on the closing day of the annual Labour party conference in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. Photo: Simon Dawson, Bloomberg Photo: Simon Dawson, Bloomberg Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour party, reacts after delivering his keynote speech on the closing day of the annual Labour party conference in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K. opposition … [Read more...] about Labour’s left turn puts pressure on UK Tories
A debate about the safety of a left turn into a proposed senior housing development got heated between two Elgin City Council members. The council on Wednesday voted 5-3 to reject a motion by Councilwoman Tish Powell to eliminate the left turn from Lawrence Avenue into Fox River Crossing, a 60-unit building at 300 N. State St. Councilwomen Carol Rauschenberger and Rose Martinez agreed the turn is a safety risk because that stretch Lawrence Avenue is on a steep hill crossed by freight train tracks, but a majority of council members disagreed."We could end up being liable if someone gets killed or hurt," Powell said. "People can shake their heads up here," she said, as Councilman Terry Gavin did so sighing, "but that's serious.""Yeah, I can," Gavin said."Yes, you can, and be rude as usual," Powell replied.Powell then added, "I think waiting for something to happen and taking it out later is irresponsible on our part.""Excuse me, you're calling me irresponsible?" Gavin said, adding … [Read more...] about Elgin council members hotly debate left turn into new development
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