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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Another traffic headache

Think the new three-way stop sign setup at Wall and North Front streets in Uptown Kingston is bad? Here's an even better one: the newly installed sign that bars drivers from making a right turn on a red light from Washington Avenue onto Joys Lane (officially Grandma Brown Lane) in front of the old Friendly's restaurant, also in the Uptown area.

The result of the new rule is that traffic on Washington Avenue now backs up from Joys Lane to Hurley Avenue every time the light is red at Joys, making a block where gridlock already was a problem in the other direction even worse. (And it'll become even more disastrous when the planned new CVS store opens on that block.)

The right on red from Washington Avenue onto Joys Lane was one of the safest in town - because there isn't much traffic crossing Washington at that intersection - and prohibiting it is inexplicable ... and stupid ... and probably dangerous.



Blogger BillyB said...

I actually like the stop signs in Uptown. I ate lunch at Dominick's the other day and watched traffic for about 30 minutes. Traffic was flowing well, no close calls, I think they should leave them.

But no right turn into Dietz? Seriously? Whoever made that change obviously does not ever drive on Washington Ave.

September 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

My problem with the Wall/North Front arrangement is that when you're on Wall, waiting to turn onto North Front, you can't clearly see traffic coming from your left because of the cars that are parallel parked on North Front. Stop signs should be reserved for intersections that have clear sight lines for all drivers; the Wall/North Front intersection doesn't meet that criteria.
Thanks for commenting.

September 10, 2009 at 8:59 PM 

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