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(nbc 4)   Only in Ohio: Northwest Ohio city proposing to have traffic on left side of road   ( divider line
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23688 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 May 2005 at 3:35 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-05-02 12:34:05 PM  
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Here's the area in question.

US 224 runs over I 75 via a bridge. Traffic lights have regulated the flow of traffic at the west end of the bridge for years; lights were installed at the east end in 2003. There is no dedicated left turn signal at either end, so if you want to turn left onto 75, you still have to face the onslaught of traffic from cars in the other lane coming right at you.

/know that road like the back of my hand
2005-05-02 12:43:17 PM  
I'm from tiffin (a few miles east of findlay) spent a ton of time out there. It really is a PITA to get on 75 from there.
2005-05-02 12:45:52 PM  
Yeah for Findlay...born here, raised here and still reside here...This is the reason that I choose to run for public office...Can I please come live with one of you.
2005-05-02 01:05:45 PM  
I am so not surprised
2005-05-02 01:11:14 PM  
There's always traffic on the left side of the road.
2005-05-02 01:27:46 PM  
Im missing something... how are they going to switch the lanes and then switch them back at some other point? Or am I way off?
2005-05-02 01:31:05 PM  
So this is cheaper than putting up dedicated turn lanes and/or changing traffic light patterns?

I'm gonna enjoy all the flashing lights as I pass under that bridge...which happens about 3x per month for me!!
2005-05-02 01:42:13 PM  
US Post Office trucks will have to make their delivery routes in reverse.
2005-05-02 01:56:40 PM  
Because cleaning up head on collissions caused by visitors is just more interesting than those boring old fender benders.
2005-05-02 01:57:10 PM  
Okay, so if we just eject Ohio out of the planet we can have a second moon. Then we get a giant needle and sew Indiana to Pennsylvania, and finally make Puerto Rico a state so we don't have to change the flag, and voila! A significant number of our problems go away. Also, it cuts road trip time to good pizza.

Oh come on, it's a great idea! The Pennsylvania Dutch would cancel out the Hoosiers and everything. Not to mention what it'll do for the air quality!
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-05-02 02:06:12 PM  
Looks like a standard diamond interchange. The rest of the country makes them work without driving on the left.
2005-05-02 02:33:18 PM  
Tin soldiers and Ohio DOT's comin'.
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the cars coming
Four dead in Ohio.
2005-05-02 02:53:40 PM  
Unless east- and westbound traffic at those two intersections never flows at the same time, all this does is shift congestion from the area inside the stoplights to the outer areas on either side.
2005-05-02 02:57:31 PM  
2005-05-02 02:06:12 PM ZAZ [TotalFark]
Looks like a standard diamond interchange. The rest of the country makes them work without driving on the left.

Keep in mind that 'round these parts, the idiot-to-TFer ratio is incredibly high.
2005-05-02 02:59:53 PM  

fine by me, but first cleveland gets to secede and become part of canada.
2005-05-02 03:02:02 PM  
Fair enough. Maybe you can have it towed through Lake Erie. I just don't want to deal with it. The state just needs to go.
2005-05-02 03:39:51 PM  
Maybe ya'll could make a FULL cloverleaf instead of half of one?
2005-05-02 03:43:26 PM  
as I pass under that bridge...which happens about 3x per month for me!!

Dating a Falcon, are you?

/only reason I can think of that a resident of CinCity would drive thru Findlay on a regular basis.
//or at least, that was my excuse...
2005-05-02 03:43:44 PM  
I would have thought this would be something Florida would come up with, but then I remembered Ohio is supposed to be the new Florida.

Nice, albo
2005-05-02 03:43:56 PM  
Okay, I'm college-educated. I'm reasonably intelligent for my age. exactly how is this going to help anything? Where's the opposing traffic going to go while this is all going on?
2005-05-02 03:44:02 PM  
come on now.. women and old people can hardly drive as it is. Now we want to switch sides.. that'll work.

/ducks back out
2005-05-02 03:44:37 PM  

You pissed the cheep part.

/Lived in Ohio all my life
//Someone shoot me
2005-05-02 03:44:57 PM  
soze: Also, it cuts road trip time to good pizza.

I like to refer to Indiana, Ohio and everything west of Altoona, Pennsylvania as the "Oh God, please kill me this is long and boring" part of my annual New Jersey-Chicago road trip.
2005-05-02 03:45:36 PM  
What about the New Jersey way? No left turns at all, jughandles baby, now that's progress!
2005-05-02 03:46:30 PM  
I heart Jughandles.
2005-05-02 03:47:54 PM  
I heart Jugs
2005-05-02 03:48:18 PM  
wow im surprised, im from tiffin too, and that just sounds like a really idiotic idea, even more so because they're going to build a school on 224 also..
2005-05-02 03:50:36 PM  
Ohio tag surrenders.
2005-05-02 03:51:35 PM  
Obviously its not just Only in Ohio The article clearly says its based on an intersection in France. Of Course Europeans are smart enough to use roundabouts and avoid traffic signals altogether.
2005-05-02 03:52:05 PM  
What scares me is if this gets applied to more urban areas. Picture the worst one-way infested area around you and add in left lane streets. Could be entertaining to watch though.
2005-05-02 03:52:31 PM  
No goddammit!

I'll fight it all the way!

*lives in Seattle*
2005-05-02 03:53:07 PM  
Fark you Ohio haters. If it wasn't for Ohio, you'd have to find some other place to act like you are superior to.
2005-05-02 03:53:19 PM  
Don't know how antique this overpass is, but there should be room to go to three lanes over the bridge, with the middle one handling the dedicated left turns. Once you get enough concrete to hold four or five cars either way, getting the actual turn signals etc. is trivial and it ought to work. Hell, three out of every four overpass interchanges here in Indiana work like this... they don't have to go far to see it.

I take it they've been a little liberal with the commercial zoning there, thus outgrowing the traffic projection?

/why yes, i know guys at INDOT
2005-05-02 03:53:48 PM  
I think they're saying that by having traffic in the left lane, then they wouldn't have to wait for traffic to make their left turn. That's why it'd help.
2005-05-02 03:54:21 PM  
We have a reversible lane system on a major thoroughfare here in the ATL suburbs. The sad fact is that too many drivers are too stupid to make it effective.
2005-05-02 03:54:29 PM  
I think most of the reason they don't want to restructure the damn thing is they've already rebuilt the overpass in the past 5 years, and didn't have the foresight to correct the bloody problem. Other then that, there's no logical reason to no redo the entire intersection. Findley and I-75 is a farking mess regardless.

/BG represent!
2005-05-02 03:55:43 PM  
US Virgin Islanders would feel right at home!

/I did fine
//'cept for that one time I went the wrong way down a one way street...
///that got a few honks...
2005-05-02 03:56:06 PM  
All the best countries drive on the left -

1) Britain
2) Japan
3) errm...
4) that's it.
2005-05-02 03:57:43 PM  
...and there's a FLORIDA tag.
2005-05-02 03:57:46 PM  
What?! No, "What could possibly go wrong" sad. So very sad.
2005-05-02 03:57:51 PM  
flying cars would be good. i'm sure that would cut way down on accidents. move in 3 dimension instead of 2! oh yeah baby this is gonna be good. flaming wrecks falling from the sky all around you.
2005-05-02 03:58:38 PM  
I guess we'll all have to get cars with two steering wheels, kinda like airplanes.

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2005-05-02 03:59:14 PM  
Pollexabator: What?! No, "What could possibly go wrong" sad. So very sad.

Indeed - exactly what I was thinking.
2005-05-02 03:59:44 PM  
Will some Ohioan (buckeye?) please tell me if there's nothing west of there but bumblefark? Because if there is, wouldn't traffic coming from the west then have to make a RIGHT turn against oncoming traffic to get on I-75? Is the traffic flow that asymmetrical that all traffic is coming from the east?

/just wonderin'
2005-05-02 04:00:54 PM  
What we're really observing here is what I've known for years. Ohio (and the majority of it's residents) is completely ASS BACKWARDS- socially, economically and culturally.

Frankly, nothing this farkin' place would do amazes me anymore. what's even worse, it makes me miss living in Louisiana.

/currently in crAkron, OH
2005-05-02 04:01:49 PM  
radiofreewill: Here's the area in question.

ya know if they didn't pave that thar road in gold then they would have lots of money.
2005-05-02 04:01:49 PM  
Why don't they just put in a loop on the west side of the intersection so traffic doesn't have to make a left? Is there some kind of expensive property there?

There have to be smarter ways of doing this. Is the DOT actually thinking of a SPUI, where all left turns pivot around a single point? It can give drivers the impression they are on the left side of the road. It would be a good way to clear up congestion, but they'd have to replace the bridge.

All hail Kurumi! Monarch of the 3dis!
2005-05-02 04:02:11 PM  
SPUI perhaps?
2005-05-02 04:03:35 PM  
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2005-05-02 04:03:43 PM  
/me is from Los Angeles
/me has no sympathy for the 9 cars on the road in NW Ohio
/me smiles and goes back to looking at pr0n.
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