Sunday, June 19, 2011
Crazy Humboldt Traffic observations. Some Round Abouts good, some bad.
The other day I was travelling east bound on Seventh street in Eureka with no traffic. I was going maybe 25 MPH. I had a green light entering Hst and I noticed a car going around 50 just run the stop sign and just missed my car after I stomped on it and swerved! I have no idea what was on their mind, but obviously it was not driving! It got me to thinking about traffic in Humboldt. Why is it that there is no stop sign at Henderson and Spring by Winco? People fly down that hill and there seems to much foot traffic trying to cross the road. And whose Idea was it to put a stop light on Samoa Blvd. and Kst in Arcata. The stop signs worked fine before, but I am always running into a red light with no cross traffic! Does anyone really have their lights on or go 50 MPH between Arcata and Eureka? Not many I have seen!
Round Abouts are a great traffic calming tool, but that bastardized version at Guintoli Lane in Arcata has had the opposite affect of calming, it causes gridlock. The Round About at Samoa Blvd. and Union St near the CHP station is a good example of helping traffic. Now if we could educate drivers on how to use them properly. That is a yield sign, not stop sign if no one is in the Round About! Yee! I will shut up now.