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Turning right

January 18, 2013

Dear editor: As I sit on the north end of the Hickory street bridge looking to my left I can clearly see the Moose Club....

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Jan-18-13 6:09 PM

Everyones a traffic engineer! I believe this issue was brought up after the new bridge was built and it was explained that with the right turn arrow there is only one phase the the NO TURN ON RED really applies. I'm not sure having straight thru traffic and the right turn lane combined would work, there are times when traffic backs up to the intersection. Traffic would then back up the bridge and shut off the left lane as well. But I see do like your idea about the no left turns during peak hours. Bet you're glad there's only one signal in Sheffield!

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Jan-19-13 5:50 AM

How about going a different route during peak hours if you always get stuck in traffic? Who's the fool? My God I wish my biggest problem in life was the traffic and turn lanes in Warren.

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Jan-19-13 8:08 AM

This is the same Pendot that replaced a bridge coming out of Sugar Grove on 957 east and left it in a curve when they could have straightened the road and removed a dangerous curve.

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Jan-19-13 8:50 PM

Just think how lucky we are that we have the by pass and the truck traffic going on 4th ave. Be thankful that the "traffic jam" only lasts for what 20 to 30 min.

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Jan-19-13 11:35 PM

I agree guessagain. Our traffic jams are nothing like big cities. And much of the traffic problem could be eliminated by taking alternative routes if you know you will be approaching a street or light that is always backed up at a certain time. There are plenty of alternative routes. And your wasting gas anyway idling in traffic, a half mile or a mile out of your way isn't much. People create their own problems and issues.

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Jan-20-13 11:54 AM

Rockytop- you can't be serious. There's not enough money to fix all the bridges and roads that need work, now you want a road straightened out when they replace a 12' long bridge. There isn't an accident problem there anyway. Maybe they should build a fourlane from Sugar Grove to Lander just for you!

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Jan-21-13 6:35 AM

I believe that the whole nation would benefit if people would all just "turn right". It's all the "left" ideas that are destroying our country. Now where did I read, "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left"?

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Jan-21-13 9:12 AM

Pennajoe, you need to tell that to the one fatality that I'm aware of that happened in that curve. It's a blind curve with a bridge in the middle. If you plan on building me a 4 lane I would rather have it from Lander to 62 as I go that way more often. Maybe if Pendot would park some of these trucks that are being used by Pendot employees back and forth home everyday, they would have more money to spend on the roads. I don't see PSP nor sheriff's cars setting around homes at night nor on weekends.

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Jan-21-13 9:40 AM

Two wrongs do not make a right, but three rights make a left.

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Jan-21-13 1:02 PM

Rockytop- accidents and fatalities happen on straight roads too, I lost a family member in a car accident (many families have). Speeding, cell phone, weather conditions, alcohol and/or drugs, driver error etc., etc. can all contribute. Isn't that section posted at 45mph? PSP does allow officers to take their cars home, happens alot (on call, quicker response time, might save lives). I would also rather have PennDOT not be delayed in responding to an event because they had to go to a facility to get a truck, might save lives. That's what we're talking about, right?

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Jan-22-13 2:00 AM

I have a neighbor whom is a PSP officer and I don't recall ever seeing a crusier at his house overnight or on a weekend. I can't think of any situation where a Pendot worker would have to jump out of bed in the middle of the night, grab their clothes and race off to save someone's live. Maybe the paper should have a survey and see what John Q. Public thinks. Now back to the original letter, I don't go though that intersection very often and have mistakenly gotten in the right turn lane. I go ahead and turn right on Penn when I do. Confusing intersection for sure.

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Jan-22-13 5:06 PM

Rock- you're the one who brought up PennDOT, PSP & the Sheriff. Maybe you engaged mouth before brain... Please ask your trooper neighbor if they are allowed to take cars home under certain circumstances ... and just listening to a police scanner you hear PennDOT being called out for downed trees, downed stop signs, assessing road conditions, responding to accident scenes if requested by emergency agencies. I would rather spend a few extra dollars to cut their response time and give them the equipment (ie radios, chain saws, barrels)to fix a situation then delay it and risk more injuries. You have to look at the big picture!

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