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ack-ma-back!

First of all. Woke up to 31degrees, feels like 23. Yikes! (And that's Fahrenheit, people)
Also woke up to severe neck pain. owwie, owwie, owwie. Took aleve.

In happy news, they put flashing LEDs around the stop sign at the intersection of the back entrance of IBM that I use every morning. I saw someone SPEED through it yesterday. And now they have even more clearly marked the stop signs. Previously there was a stop-sign-ahead sign and a stop sign on either side of the road from 3 directions. Obviously, this wasn't enough. But now we've got nifty flashing LEDs powered by a small solar panel. Very hi-tech. :-P :-)

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thwack
Oct. 5th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a visible light network. :)
tenthz
Oct. 5th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
ooooh... maybe. Too bad stop signs are much taller than they look or I'd get out of my car next time and look at the thing.
thwack
Oct. 5th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
Regarding the traffic problem though, I wonder if this is one of those cases where they should analyze WHY people miss/ignore the stop sign so much and address that more directly.

For example, one bad intersection near where I live has long been a 2-way stop, the east/west road having the right of way and north/south having stop signs. After a lot of accidents there, apparently, they added more indicators, like a constant blinking red/yellow signal, and signs under the stop ahead signs reading "cross traffic does not stop". Still, the accidents continued. Why? I think it's because the traffic plan disagrees with the natural flow of the intersection. The east/west road, having the right of way, actually appears to be the inferior road if you were to look down on the intersection from above. It is narrower, has rougher shoulders, and the center line stops pretty far out in front of the intersection. The north/south road on the other hand, is wider, has newly paved shoulders, fresh thick painted lines, and the center line goes right up to the edge of the intersection with barely a car's length break before it continues on the other side. As a result, despite all the signals, drivers get caught off-guard on the north/south road because it simply looks like the dominant one. Aside from 2 signs and an unmistakable blinking light, the intersection is almost invisible. Yet I myself have almost missed it once.

Anyway, my point is that they can add all the indicators they want, railroad gates, road-straddling LED signs, fireworks... but if the land disagrees, it won't help. At the intersection here, they finally decided to make it a 4-way stop instead. Solved everything. No problem getting the east/west traffic to stop, because the intersection simply looks like it should work that way.

Of course, if everyone followed RIT's lead and used traffic cirlces instead, the world would be perfect! lol
tenthz
Oct. 6th, 2004 06:20 am (UTC)
The intersection is a 4-way stop. Technically, it is 3 roads and a driveway(into IBM) that come together at 90 degree angles. The thing is, the driveway doesn't even look like a driveway, it looks like a road. The problem(as I see it) is that the main road is 5 lanes. It's really too wide for people to notice the stop signs a the side of the road. Maybe it should be a traffic light instead.
thwack
Oct. 6th, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, probably. Are there white "stop here" lines on the road? That's another thing missing at the intersection here... Although country roads usually don't have them, I think it would help immensely to see something interfering with what seems to be a continuous path.
tenthz
Oct. 6th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have yet to see a "stop here" line on the road in Rochester, MN. In fact, I don't know if they even have them in Minnesota! =-O

I heard today, though, that said intersection is going to become the main IBM enterance, so that leads me to believe that they will put in a traffic signal.
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