Apparently, work on the Fourth & Rouse intersection is about to be declared finished without any left turn signals being installed.
Apparently, work on the Fourth & Rouse intersection is about to be declared finished without any left turn signals being installed. This intersection had been designated the most dangerous intersection in our city. I guess now that we have spent over a million dollars for the addition of turn lanes, minus the lights, it can now be classified as not quite the most dangerous intersection in the city. I was under the impression, as were most of those I talked with, that protected left turn lanes were the primary ingredient in the formula to improve safety at this intersection. I don't see that the turn lanes by themselves have helped much. During the morning rush hour, when our teachers, school busses, parents delivering students, or students driving themselves, are going south on Rouse & are trying to turn east on to 4th street, it is still difficult & nerve-racking. The 23rd street overpass funnels a lot of traffic from the northern part of town over to Rouse, which adds to the congestion. I expect in the future, after more wrecks are recorded, a move will be made to add the turn lights & our pockets will probably be raided again. I also think we could spend less on outside engineering & consulting firms & let our own competent city staff assume more of the load.