Sunday, February 21, 2016

Do not stop on tracks


When vehicles exit Columbia River Park, the traffic signal at Front and Walnut occasionally changes to red while vehicles are still crossing the railroad tracks. But the sign on the right says: DO NOT STOP ON TRACKS. So, the options become: either stop between sets of tracks until the light changes, or proceed through the red, breaking the law and possibly driving into cross traffic. In the latter case - who is liable?

Of course, the most desirable solution to the problem is to properly adjust traffic signals so that the problem doesn't occur.

5 comments:

  1. They shouldn't of put a traffic light up by the river it's not safe. They should have the right away coming out of the river park

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  2. There will be problems at this intersection, especially as weather warms and visitors to the park and trail increase. I have yet to see a line of vehicles waiting to exit at the light, but it's coming. What happens if four or five cars are lined up to leave and they proceed on green and then the light changes before all get over the tracks? If nothing is coming on Front Street, some may keep moving through the intersection, others may decide to stop. It may not be easy to back up off of the tracks if other vehicles are in line behind. The park and trail are great, but this intersection has some flaws. The heavier the traffic out of River Park, the more obvious the problem will be. Hopefully everyone will drive with caution through the park and keep a level head.

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  3. Put the stop sighs back on walnut street and coming out of the park. Why traffic lights,anyway. Traffic isn't that heavy on front street that you'll have backups. People will have to stop coming out of the park, any way to cross the tracks, then stop before crossing front street. Crossing gates will come down when trains are approaching. Was that way for decades before someone got too smart and desighed this new system.

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  4. i agree. never should have put red light there.

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  5. Solution: When the light turns yellow, instead of proceeding through the intersection, stop!

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