It's quite entertaining when the traffic light is out
|Watching the scene from Starbucks.|
The traffic light in the center of town was out for a day and so it was an interesting scene to stand back and watch people navigate McFarlane Road, Main Highway and Grand Avenue. I realized that this is a perfect place for a traffic circle, but I know the county did studies and the area is not large enough according to them, but look at the circle in front of Blanche Park. That's not very large and it works, I think.
Anyway, it was interesting to see the constant flow of traffic without anyone stopping for the light. There were stop signs and the one on McFarlane was in a tight spot so it was funny to see people knock it down and then jump out of their cars to pick it back up again. I small car would hit it, yet a large garbage truck maneuvered around it. It was quite entertaining. I almost think traffic moved along better than when the traffic light is working. I didn't hear any beeping and that's usually the thing you hear all the time at that intersection.
I always tease Louis, the Grove Ambassador, that he should put on a pith helmet and stand on a box in the center of the triangle there and direct traffic. He's not going for it.
I did hear that some guy went out there to direct traffic but the cops chased him away; of course they didn't direct it themselves, so what's the big deal with a good Samaritan doing it? I remember after Hurricane Andrew, my friend and I directed traffic. We went to the DOT and got orange vests and a whistle and we were set out on the streets.
We chose busy intersections to make it fun. We did US1 and 27 Avenue and the Bird Road and the Palmetto, a crazy intersection and also where 874 lets out on US1. People were nice, they would hand us bottles of water and soda and it was fun for a couple of days.
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