ROAD RANTS

Road Rants: Facebook Commentary on Ridge Road and Burnham and a Roadblocker at the airport

2013-10-12T00:00:00Z Road Rants: Facebook Commentary on Ridge Road and Burnham and a Roadblocker at the airportBy Ben Brickman AUTO OUTRAGE CONTRIBUTOR nwitimes.com
October 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Several weeks back Bill posted on NWI Road Rants' Facebook page a response to the column that appeared on September 21. Here are his thoughts:

"OK. I love the column. There are many (morons) who are given driver's licenses. First, I agree with Marlene who wrote about the corner of Ridge Road and Burnham in Lansing. I live south of Ridge Road and it would be very nice to be able to turn right when there is no traffic or children. Also, when Ridge Road was repaved a few years ago, they switched the lanes a bit. The far right lane merges into the middle lane after you pass Burnham. People just don't get that. Second, along the same lines, right-turn-only means just that! Going westbound on Ridge Road from Munster into Lansing, the two lanes split near the Auto Zone store to become a left-turn-only lane, middle lane, and a right-turn-only lane. That street there, which I believe is Lange, is where you are supposed to make that left or right turn, But drivers should not get into those lanes and turn at Wentworth. Those of us who follow the rules can get nasty looks and honks when we pass Lange and continue into the lane to make our turns.

“Lastly, what is the deal about people turning into Strack and Van Til in Munster on Ridge Road? If you come from the east and are traveling westbound, you should turn into Strack’s east entrance where there is a left hand turn lane to do so. At the west entrance, there is no turn lane and your car's (posterior) is blocking westbound traffic! Come on people! Use a little common sense and safety! I have yelled at many a driver and told him: ‘Come from the east, go in the east!’”

All I can say to Bill is that Ridge Road traffic and the numerous lane changes with drivers moving in and out of parking lots makes this area a challenge. I advise you to watch your (posterior).

I had to fly out of O'Hare airport this week, which is never pleasant. My EZ-Pass transponder was not working which forced me to use the I-90. I left our great state from my home in Merrillville at 5:15 am for a flight at 8:10 am. I was thinking that three hours should be plenty of time. Holy Crap! We were to the spaghetti bowl quickly and then it was bumper to bumper at five miles per hour to the O'Hare turnoff. You would think that traffic would moooo-ve once we got past the city. But not so.

We crawled along like a bunch of cattle. Isn't this counter to the normal direction of morning traffic? I got to O'Hare at 7:45 am and was able to ditch the car and get through the TSA peepshow quickly. I got to the gate at 8:08 am only to find the flight was delayed. That's fine, I made it. But the frustration level was gigantic. I got on the plane,watched a movie on my iPad and my blood pressure returned to normal levels.

Although this story so far has nothing to do with a wing-nut driver (except if you count me as a wing-nut for thinking I could get to O'Hare in two hours on a Tuesday), there is more to the story.

This may be more about navigators than drivers but it’s the same principle. There are people who get on the people movers who are so completely self-absorbed that they do not stand on the right, so we, the rest of humanity, can walk on the left.

I had three people movers between myself and an a appointment I was still trying to get to on time. There was a person who stepped on the belt and then left their rolling carry-on slung across the left lane blocking other travelers, including myself, who wanted to pass.

People were asking, "Hey, can you move it?" But, this person was too busy on his cell phone to comply. The belt ended and the Roadblocker dashed for the next belt, and then did the same thing again. There were a dozen people wanting to kill the Roadblocker by now. The people closest to this person got louder but they were still ignored. Again the people mover ended and again the Roadblocker sprinted for the next one. This time there was enough room for about six of us to pass, but the line had grown again and there were 24 more people trying to get by. Yes, the Roadblocker got in the way a third time, cell phone in hand, yakking away. I normally don't mind traveling, but, some people make it impossible. Some of us who travel use a hands free device in airports. So, to the nicely-dressed Roadbllocker: Get one! Can you imagine how this person would drive a car, in traffic? Ugly thought, isn't it?

It’s Audience Participation Time...Have a Dimwit Driver alert? Is there an intersection that gets you angry? Need a bumper sticker? Send your rant or address 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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