Traffic II: don't throw rocks, NJ... - Jay Maynard

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Monday, 4 August 2003


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1943 - Traffic II: don't throw rocks, NJ...

The last letter in tomorrow's Star-Tribune letters column has this gem of a passage:

I just returned from a terrific vacation at Lake of the Woods. The beauty of that place is a treasure of which Minnesota can be proud.

However, several other aspects of your state struck me as curious.
[...]
Then there are those ridiculous stoplights on the highway entry ramps. The person who thought that one up has probably left the state.
[...]
Some things in Minnesota need fixing, but not Lake of the Woods.

Lloyd Gracey, Princeton Junction, N.J.

I felt compelled to reply:

I can't comment on people's complaints about Indians' privileges, and agree about the signing of the terminals at the airport, but Lloyd Gracey's letter in the August 5 Star-Tribune is off base when it comes to the ramp metering lights.

Someone from New Jersey has no right to complain about stoplights on on-ramps, especially ones that stay off most of the time. There are highways in New Jersey with stop signs at the end of on-ramps. I've cursed whichever traffic engineer had *that* brilliant idea more than once while trying to get on NJ-495 in free-flowing, but heavy, traffic.


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From:narfcake
Date: - 0000
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They may have learned it from the designers of the the 110 Freeway in LA ...

5 mph hairpin turn at the end of the onramp, with a stop sign at the end. And literally 1 car length to merge with the moving lanes.

Oy.

-- NC

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