I have a bad feeling about the newly configured intersection of Florida Road, 14th Street and East Third Avenue. By dividing the lanes with mini concrete islands, the road seems less prone to accidents, but what happens when it snows? Seems like the new lanes are too narrow for snowplows. Did the city forget about snow when the intersection was redesigned? I sure hope not! Keeping My Fingers Crossed
The intersection formerly called Malfunction Junction will be a tight squeeze for city snowplows but the city didnt forget about winter.
After last December and January, its unlikely the city ever will take snow for granted.
But just in case, lets remind our municipal friends that we dont want a sequel to The Winter of Non-Plowing.
When it dumps, particularly on weekend nights, go ahead and pay overtime. Make multiple passes and keep up with the storm.
And dont let the dang snow sit on streets day after day while traffic compresses it into icecaps that dont melt until March.
Thats enough scolding for now.
Meanwhile, back at Malfunction Junction, the city is ready for the first storm and the ones to follow.
The narrow lanes will be challenging for snowplows, said Jack Rogers, the citys director of public works. But he said the divided intersection definitely was designed with snow removal in mind and with room to work.
We had all snowplow drivers visit the intersection and memorize the curbs, and we tested it with a truck, Rogers said last week.
In addition, the city already has applied a double dose of magnesium chloride to the intersection.
Mag chloride, when applied to dry roadways, prevents ice and snow from adhering and bonding to the pavement. Its also less harmful to plants and doesnt eat concrete and steel the way rock salt does.
But all this is probably a moot point.
After last winter, Mrs. Action Line had enough. The Action Line household broke no less than two shovels, and Mrs. Action Line issued the following edict: There will be a snow blower in the garage by Thanksgiving.
Well, its there brand new, gassed up and ready to roll.
Of course, this act of preparedness all but ensures a mild winter.
Whats the rule about passing on the shoulder? I live off U.S. Highway 160 and have to make left-hand turns onto my road. I cringe when I brake and the guy behind me barely slows down, swerving around me on the shoulder. That means that the next guy has little time to brake before rear-ending me. Or perhaps hes nimble enough to also swerve around me on the shoulder. And so the next guy in line might rear-end me. Whats wrong with slowing down for, literally, a few seconds? Diana Chumney
Passing on the shoulder is definitely verboten, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Drivers can pass on the right only if they do not leave the roadway, said Trooper Heather Cobler. Going onto the shoulder is illegal.
Getting Highway 160 scofflaws to stop their dangerous ways will be difficult so the best thing is to drive defensively.
Tap your brakes well ahead of your turn. If somebodys tailgating you, pull over to the right and let em pass.
What also should be done is modify that silly wildlife-warning system along Highway 160. After all, its a $1.7 million nonfunctioning piece of junk.
We should change the warning signs from Wildlife Detected to Morons Detected.
And there would be no need for sensors because bad drivers on Highway 160 are a constant threat thus, the Morons Detected message could flash 24/7 and be 100 percent accurate.
Which is more than can be said for the current system limited to forest creatures.
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