ROAD RANTS

Intersections from hell and other pothole nightmares

2013-07-13T00:00:00Z Intersections from hell and other pothole nightmaresBy Ben Brickman AUTO OUTRAGE CONTRIBUTOR nwitimes.com
July 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I was headed home the other day. Enjoying a drive with the top down on the Rant mobile, headed east on Main coming up to Colfax in Griffith. Suddenly, the light turns yellow, then red. Coming from behind me, a red mini-van hammers the pedal, passes me on the left using the turn lane, swerves, then runs the red light and proceeds east on Main. The mini-van must have been doing 70 mph. I thought, Thank God, no one jack-rabbited that light, someone would have been killed. What is it with these drivers? I was so twisted off, I screamed, “What the (bleep) is your problem?” We seriously need dash-mounted cameras to record the plate numbers of these drivers.

Rant #1: Several weeks ago we mentioned the lack of traffic engineering that was causing snarls at Calumet and 45th in Munster. (The way that the service station is inserted into this busy intersection leads me to believe that someone was five beers into a six-pack when they dreamed this up.)

I’m convinced the same idea people must have designed the new Luke’s at Cline and U.S. Hwy. 30 in Schererville. I was traveling east bound on U.S. Hwy. 30 and slowed to a stop at the intersection with the light turning red. I watched the southbound Cline traffic barreling through when suddenly I see a driver decide he needs to get something from Luke’s, with traffic stopped on north-bound Cline, he had no path to the driveway.

Next, the light turned green for the east/ west bound 30 traffic and of course, the cars are already backed-up into the U.S. Hwy. 30 intersection. Instant gridlock. Cars are now trying to weave through gridlock to proceed east and west on 30 and the southbound Cline traffic has no where to go. C’mon, I left California to get out of this kind of crap. Can’t the planners put these high-traffic businesses in the middle of a block instead of on the corner of an interstate highway?

Rant #2: One of our traffic patrollers has seen repeated use of the right turn lane eastbound on U.S. Hwy. 30 at Taft used as a supplementary eastbound lane. Drivers are pulling into the right lane and when the light goes green, hammering the accelerator and passing the motorist beside them. I see this at other intersections all around Northwest Indiana. I would love to see the police pull these knuckleheads over and taser them...well, not really. A ticket would suffice.

Rant #3: The pothole patrol has reported two terrible areas: One is U.S. Hwy. 49 in Valparaiso near Division Rd. The other is Mississippi St. in Merrillville south of 84th. These two roads are trashed. One of the patrollers called the public works department and found they have no plans to repair Mississippi. That is ridiculous. The Ranters demand pothole-free streets to drive on. Mrs. Rant drives a Volkswagen Beetle. Some of the holes are so deep, I could flip the bug over and the car would fill beautifully.

Rant #4: One of our loyal readers ranted about drivers who do not turn on their headlights when the sky turns dark and dumps rain on us. According to him, lights on is a written rule in the official Indiana driver's handbook. I looked and though I could not find that rule, the handbook does say that headlights should be used when visibility is l500 feet or less. Either way, it is still a good idea to use your headlights on dark and rainy days.

It’s audience participation time...Have a Dimwit Driver Alert? Peeved at a pothole? Great! Send it to: RoadRants@nwi.com. You can also call the RANT LINE at 219-933-1010. Leave your message. Include all the details. We will work it into the paper. We are also on Facebook, NWI Road Rants. Until next time, be safe. No one else is.

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