'Right Turn Only'' sought for Albany/Prospect St. corner

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uncle cracker

New York, NY

#1 Jun 6, 2013
So we read in the Telegram that the village is planning to install a "Right Turn Only" sign at the corner of Albany and Prospect.

Let's say you drive from the Empire Diner past Hummels and the Belly Up heading west. As it is, you can snake around the little island at the intersection of Albany and Prospect and proceed apace on Albany St. towards Herb Phillipsons.

Now the village wants to make that explicitly illegal. WTF? Why? Instead, you'd need to take a right on Prospect and then take either a left or right onto Park. Just driving around in circles in a little town.

I have maneuvered around the little island hundreds and never once did I feel there was any hazard involved in doing so. Motorists have complete visibility into any Prospect St traffic that would interfere with the maneuver. Complete visibility = no undue risk whatsoever.

Why does this village want to inconvenience motorists? The parking meters are stupid enough, serving only to deter motorists from visiting downtown. You would think the village would have better things to do instead of fret over this silly issue.

Better solution -- cut out a piece of that island so drivers can proceed straight across Prospect to continue on Albany St.!
Traffic control

Herkimer, NY

#2 Jun 6, 2013
That island that is currently there is a traffic control device to prevent you from going straight. It is illegal to go straight or left there now. But they are just putting a sign up to make it clear to people. If you want to get to state street. Just go the other way and you can make a right to get onto state st.
uncle cracker

New York, NY

#3 Jun 6, 2013
Traffic control wrote:
That island that is currently there is a traffic control device to prevent you from going straight. It is illegal to go straight or left there now. But they are just putting a sign up to make it clear to people. If you want to get to state street. Just go the other way and you can make a right to get onto state st.
Oh I know it's "technically" illegal to go straight through. I was informed of that once by a police officer. But it's unenforceable because no sign makes that clear.

The fact that this situation has existed for many years with no action by the village to enable enforcement of a "technical" violation speaks to the ineptitude and stupidity of village leaders.

If it's such a big deal, then a sign should have been installed ages ago.

Thing is -- it's NOT A BIG DEAL. There's no hazard whatsoever -- any fool can see that.

So why not just leave the situation as is, or better yet, cut out a bit of the island and let motorists cross Prospect unimpeded?
flat stanley

Liverpool, NY

#4 Jun 6, 2013
f u Malone the board Amanda and macri.. ill still go straight ...worry about the budget and where the monies are going pricks
casual observer

New York, NY

#5 Jun 6, 2013
this is a conspiracy attempting to route traffic towards the Burrito Jonz burrito shack
fact is

Herkimer, NY

#7 Jun 6, 2013
at the other end of that block there are TWO No Left Turn signs by Advance Auto and people still turn left. HPD can't even enforce traffic control already existing, they shouldn't worry about enacting any more.

BTW, it is not illegal to cross Prospect on Albany as it is configured now.
lefty

Little Falls, NY

#8 Jun 7, 2013
flat stanley wrote:
f u Malone the board Amanda and macri.. ill still go straight ...worry about the budget and where the monies are going pricks
That's a good one! Your right they have a lot more to worry about! But then again they don't give a shit about Herkimer, they have drivin it in the ground! That little spot is nothing compared to the intersection by Walmart. They still haven't done anything about that spot what makes them think people will obey that dinky little intersection. It's a stinkin joke!!!!!! If they only new how many people talk shit about them. We need 5 new board members, a new clerk, a new police chief and let some gooooo!!! Herkimer would be back to itself again. amen brotha
oh no not Joe

Herkimer, NY

#9 Jun 7, 2013
lefty wrote:
<quoted text>That's a good one! Your right they have a lot more to worry about! But then again they don't give a shit about Herkimer, they have drivin it in the ground! That little spot is nothing compared to the intersection by Walmart. They still haven't done anything about that spot what makes them think people will obey that dinky little intersection. It's a stinkin joke!!!!!! If they only new how many people talk shit about them. We need 5 new board members, a new clerk, a new police chief and let some gooooo!!! Herkimer would be back to itself again. amen brotha
Well said.
lefty

Little Falls, NY

#10 Jun 7, 2013
oh no not Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
Well said.
Thank you!
oh yeah

Agawam, MA

#11 Jun 7, 2013
Can I go left with my shopping cart ?
Free3691

Herkimer, NY

#12 Jun 8, 2013
I can't even believe this is taking up the village's time and the that the paper actually put that much about it in the paper. Drug arrests don't even make it to the paper. This whole thing would be laughable if there wasn't so much important stuff that actually needed addressing.
fact is

Herkimer, NY

#13 Jun 9, 2013
Free3691 wrote:
I can't even believe this is taking up the village's time and the that the paper actually put that much about it in the paper. Drug arrests don't even make it to the paper. This whole thing would be laughable if there wasn't so much important stuff that actually needed addressing.
How much traffic actually goes through that intersection to make it a REAL issue? Not a lot. Now you dig a little deeper and find out what Village Big Wig has been bitching about that corner, then we'll see who is pushing for this. Fact is, there is NO problems there requiring the Village to waste time acting on this. None.

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