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07/22/2011

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Another place with long waits to turn with no traffic coming is heading south on RT 7 turning left onto Killington Ave. There's a long wait for no traffic coming up from Madison St.

Aside from traffic lights, another problem that bugs me is the condition of West St for the 1st few blocks west of Rt 7. Heading west from Rt 7, the street is very rough. And heading east toward RT 7 there's an area, I think just west of the new construction, with a huge dip on the road that nearly everyone tries to swerve around into the left turn lane. There are probably worse streets but that is so heavily traveled. I can't agree with spending millions on a new rec facility when main streets are in such condition.

Depends whether we're driving or on foot. When driving, I find the downtown "no right on red" lights just maddening. Also, traffic emerging from the Depot Park parking lot's north exit doesn't even stop before blasting out onto Evelyn street -- hello, street traffic has the right of way.

When walking, most intersections can be deadly. Many cars don't slow down at crosswalks. On the SE corner of N. Main/Woodstock Ave, the WALK sign and the right turn arrow for cars illuminate simultaneously. The cars usually drive right through, not even seeing us little pedestrians.

The intersection of Allen St with Stratton Rd is another candidate for a traffic circle. Getting trapped behind someone waiting to make a left turn is purely frustrating!! A circle would keep traffic moving and relieve a lot of congestion.

South Main and Center Street is my least favorite. Why is that light not timed with the others? It's totally out of synch with the lights at Washington and at West. It sees less side street traffic but the fact that it's not sequenced interferes with traffic flow on Main.

I agree on the no turn on red rules downtown.

I'd add the no turn on red at Park Street, and why can't you turn LEFT on red from Main to East Washington or any side street after a complete stop?

I was recently visiting a friend in Glens Falls the other day and was thoroughly impressed by the downtown area. The five way intersection of Hudson, Glen, Ridge, Warren allows traffic to flow non-stop, allowing for a relaxed atmosphere for pedestrians and drivers alike since the roundabout has been built. People were once avoiding downtown altogether in order to not have to wait in line for five minutes to make a lefthand turn. Now you can access any one of the aforementioned streets in less than half that time. Quite simply, it's a miracle of simple innovation. I encourage everyone to take a tour of the area via YouTube.

Such a move would be great for Rutland for a variety of reasons. Safety, because pedestrians no longer feel awkward and out of place at a vital intersection surrounded by storefronts. At a roundabout, those on foot can cross under their own volition. Vehicles yield to them. In a downtown roundabout atmosphere, it is impossible for a vehicle to blow through an intersection at 30 mph. There becomes a mutual interaction between drivers, walkers, and bicyclists.

From an economic perspective, a roundabout at the intersection of Evelyn, Center, and Merchants Row would boost activity and encourage growth by means of eased mobility. In having the advantage in being able to access the streets in a perfectly simple and alert manner, drivers must pay attention to what is around them. Traffic never starts and stops. There is no idling. T-boning and the art of playing chicken no longer occur. Easier accessibility to parking means pedestrians. Pedestrians means window shopping.

And then there is beautification. Downtown Rutland has progressed in such a promising way that further investment would only benefit in the continuation of local development. The most intriguing part of a roundabout, plain and simple, is the center island. Local artists would revel in creating a piece which would fit perfectly in the island which would best represent the city in a welcoming manner. The piece could even incorporate water - or steam. I've always envisioned a locomotive in the center island (unrealistic, I know, due to the size) - but the ideas are numerous!

As for my least favorite intersection in Rutland, I have to agree with you Jamie, you hit the nail right on the head. An inefficient intersection right next to a busy hospital is not a good thing for anybody. Look at what has been done at Court Street at the Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire.

Oh, and that Y intersection at the Green Mountain Plaza needs some work.

The no right on red at Park Street is annoying, Ed, and so are the people who power through yellow lights at that wayward light in between Strongs and Park on S. Main Street and then pass by Park Street just as the right turn signal turns green. I know the traffic committee has watched this intersection and timing of the lights and finds it not to be a problem, but I disagree. The light should be moved up closer to the intersection with Park. I'm sure it isn't because it would leave traffic sitting on the train tracks, but there has to be a better alternative to what currently exists.

The light at the River Street bridge and Strongs is also annoying if you're on either the River Street or Madison Avenue side of it. But maybe this is just the longest wait time at a light, and not the worst.

Try coming off Pine Street and turning right on route 7 when a train is going through the intersection. For some reason the light in front of McDonalds stays red the whole time that the train is crossing. Seems that a green light in front of McDonalds at that time would let a lot of backed up traffic free to proceed south.

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