There is an article in today’s Star &
Tribune (Minnesota’s largest newspaper) about a traffic signal in my fair
city. The signal at Excelsior Boulevard and 38th Street has a “Right Turn on Green Arrow Only” sign on it for
the northeast bound exclusive right turn lane. To discourage people from using this
as a cut through route, the city times the signal so the
green right turn arrow won’t come up in the evenings. It forces motorists
to either make an illegal right turn or pull back onto the mainline (which could get you a ticket for careless driving) and turn at
a different intersection. This strikes me as bad design on several levels – discouraging the use of a public street, violating motorist expectation,
forcing people to merge back onto a mainline, etc.
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