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Let's play spot the poorly designed intersection... - Jamieson Cobleigh

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Have you ever driven through an intersection and wondered how this came into being? I recently drove through Natick, MA and came across this lovely intersection. It's like two streets intersecting with a rotary on top of the whole mess. There were at least four traffic lights trying to regulate the flow of traffic.

It makes this intersection by my parents' house seem sane.

reveilles has fond memories of Kelley Square in Worcester, MA. Notice the six roads feeding into the wide expanse of asphalt in the center of the map: Green St., Harding St., Madison St., Millbury St., Vernon St., and Water St.

Does anyone else have other good examples of dumb street design?
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From:rj_anderson
Date:March 31st, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
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I like this one. Look at the intersection of Trafalgar and Hale. Isn't that special?
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From:rj_anderson
Date:March 31st, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
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Never mind, the link doesn't work. Google hasn't any decent close-up satellite maps of Canada, and Mapquest sucks.

*sighs and wanders off*
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From:jcobleigh
Date:March 31st, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
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That does look special. This is the best image I can find. It looks like Trafalgar is one-way in both directions coming into Hamilton. Is that correct or is the map off?
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From:rj_anderson
Date:March 31st, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and the intersection of Hamilton, Trafalgar and Egerton also has about eight different stoplights to confuse the unwary. However, my favorite bit of Trafalgar is the intersection with Hale, to the east. It sort of has to be seen to be believed, and the map makes it look simpler than it is, but there is actually no way to cross Hale and get to the other part of Trafalgar without going in some very odd directions first. My first conclusion on seeing this gem of an intersection was that the city planner was drunk.
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From:dasubergeek
Date:March 31st, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
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In Pasadena, we have San Gabriel Blvd., Sierra Madre Blvd and the 210 freeway. It doesn't look so bad until you realise that traffic is going more than 50 mph on all three of those roads.

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From:jcobleigh
Date:April 3rd, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
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This reminds me of the merging of Route 1 and Route 9 in Woodbridge. It used to be a lot worse. Remember when Route 1 North was two lanes, Route 9 North was two lanes, and they merged into three lanes. That was fun.
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Date:April 3rd, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)

In Chelmsford, the notorious Drum Hill "rotary"...

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Or how about this one, the notorious Drum Hill rotary in Chelmsford:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=lowell,+ma&ll=42.622015,-71.364795&spn=0.005376,0.013207&t=h

This was *AFTER* they just spent two years rebuilding and redesigning that rotary... Still a mess...

Like the previous poster noted about the one in Pasadena, this one doesn't look too bad until you realize that traffic on route 3 is going over 60 mph until it hits the line of cars backed up heading into the "square rotary"...

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