Someone sure screwed up. Really screwed up.
|Looking south onto Haynes Street the intersection does not
have enough width to allow turns onto, and from Main Street.
The radius needed to turn is just not there.
How can this be? There is no restriction as to what vehicles can use Haynes Street so it must be designed to accommodate all vehicles.
This is very strange. The road designers went by the book for a rural intersection since Haynes Street is not a freeway that would require them to design a wider "mouth" for the intersection, but they ignored two important facts that would have mandated a change in the design:
- Haynes Street was built wider, with a wider shoulder years ago when it was no longer Route 15, and I-84 was built. It had become a "feeder road" for I-84 for car, and large truck traffic. As a feeder road the design for its intersection would be different. A rest area was built for cars and trucks that houses Sbarro's and Roy Rodgers, and years later a much larger truck stop was built on the road, Sturbridge Isle, now Pilot. It is natural to assume that large vehicle and local truck traffic would use this intersection since they use the road constantly.
- The re-construction of the Center School at the this time that Route 131 was also being rebuilt would have been an excellent time to redesign, and build a wider intersection at Haynes and Main Street.
Shades of Storrow Drive.
|Tire marks, chipped and displaced granite curbing indicate that
there have been problems with the turn already.
Maybe, but I don't think so. I think they are flummoxed by this as we are, and will have to think hard, and run fast in order to fix it.
I'll be waiting to see what comes next.
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