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08 September 2010 @ 08:09 pm
Traffic... fucking traffic!  
The traffic lights in st. Cloud are the worst on the entire planet, bar none. Everyone i know who has lived here or driven here agrees with me: the only explination for them is that they were very carefully planned and designed to hold up as much traffic as possible for as long as possible in as many directions as possible. Every light in st cloud will automatically turn red for any approaching traffic. Frequently, it will have traffic stopped and backed up waiting for the light from 4 or more directions at once--its not green for ANYONE. Lights will stay red for up to 10 minutes at a time while traffic waits at them, even when there is no traffic crossing in another direction. Left turn lights will trigger only once in 3 cycles, unless there is no one waiting for that turn light, in which case it triggers twice per cycle in order to hold up other traffic. Ive had trips shorter than 3 miles take more than 20 minutes here (like the trip from home to the pharmacy, or menards) it always takes at least 12 minutes to go the 4 miles from home to the interstate (3.5 of which is a 50mph zone) on the way to work, and sometimes as long as half an hour, making me late for work.

I have 2 theories at this point: either it was designed by a sadistic disgruntled engineer who hated the city and wanted to punish them before leaving his job, or it was designed to try and force more people to use the bus system.

I know at least 2 people who have actually called or written the city to complain. I wonder what it would take to actually fix it.

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deadly4u on September 18th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
Wow.... those are absolutely the worst traffic lights i've EVER heard of.

That is bad enough for me to form some kind of crusade against the traffic control guys.