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Caveman Charlie

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Posted: 03/20/14 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They are building a new type of intersection near me that they are calling "Reduced Conflict Intersection". There going to do it on a intersection that I have to pull loads through with our semi hauling grain. It looks like a nightmare to me. To go straight across the road coming from the north and heading south I will have to turn right (west) and dive into the left lane slowing down two lanes of traffic. Then get into the left turn lane. Then I will have to do a complete 180 degree turn across 2 lanes of traffic (to head back east) and then dive into the right turn lane on the right side on the other side of the highway . Stopping or slowing cars that are coming at me at 70 MPH. Then I can turn right heading back south. All of this to simply cross the divided highway to continue south. Love to see you guys with your great big RV's do this pulling a toad. Here is a article explaining the thing.

http://www.cross-countiesconnect.com/201........t-of-highway-60-project-at-bingham-lake/

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Posted: 03/20/14 05:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, that's just nuts!

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Posted: 03/20/14 05:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Better than a "T-Bone" I guess?


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Posted: 03/20/14 05:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WTH? Morons's

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Posted: 03/20/14 05:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We already have that in Michigan sans the no straight through. Not sure if it would stop t-bones. If you run the stop does it matter if there was a median or not.

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Posted: 03/20/14 05:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would think an overpass with on ramps an off ramps would be better. Probably would be more expensive though. JMO


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Posted: 03/20/14 05:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have had these in Michigan for many, many years. Much safer than driving straight across the roads.
I do not find this a hard concept to grasp or execute. Do it a few times and it will be second nature.


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Posted: 03/20/14 06:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It does seem like a crazy/odd idea.
But, maybe we should look at as some engineer(s) are trying to reduce traffic crash injuries/deaths.
And, they are attempting to do it without the excessive costs involved with ramps overpasses or bridges at intersections.
With this type intersection, you're not crossing an intersection with traffic coming at you from two different directions at the same time.
Maybe it will be a little safer?

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MNDOT has just lost it.
They are putting round-a-bouts on a lot of two lane highways, particularly those that carry a lot of traffic. The thinking is that these deter accidents and that may be true but dang, they are inconvenient. Also, there is the occasional Old Boy that hasn't traveled the route for awhile and ends up on top of the round-a-bout.


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Posted: 03/20/14 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Actually, that is a slight modification of a Michigan left turn. Never seen it as a straight-thru befor.

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