Come on, guys. Traffic lights are awful. We’re still a small community and we don’t need a light mid-Island.
Red light on the traffic light.
A lot of pro-traffic light people turned out at the last meeting about the subject, but I think they were just better organized than the anti-light brigade. Most people I’ve talked with oppose a light at Merrimount.
The reasons not to have a light are:
- It’s ugly
- You end up sitting at the light forever and it slows traffic
- It makes MI feel like an industrial suburb instead of a walkable, livable neighborhood
In contrast, having three lanes is more aesthetic, more efficient, and safer. And come on, the Island police pass out so many tickets that it’s impossible to speed on Island Crest anyway. It’s not like getting stuck behind someone who’s a little slow will set you back too far on your commute.
Three lanes is the current plan of record, and should be the plan that’s implemented. The citizen’s group (click for lots of data on the project) and the City Council have it right: no light.
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