To the Editor: Being a native Rhode Islander, I have learned to describe things in the past tense. For example, "turn where Ann & Hope used to be." When Ann & Hope was our place to shop, traffic was so dense that the intersection of Post Road heading
To the Editor:
Being a native Rhode Islander, I have learned to describe things in the past tense. For example, “turn where Ann & Hope used to be.” When Ann & Hope was our place to shop, traffic was so dense that the intersection of Post Road heading south was changed to four lanes with two turning left. Demand for the airport seems to have been the reason that Airport Road west – that used to be Occupasstuxet – at Post Road also has two left turn lanes.
It is time for more change. I live on a street off Warwick Avenue heading north near Hoxsie Four Corners. For much of the day, the traffic waiting to turn left onto Airport can be lined up as far back as Hoxsie Avenue. When it is especially busy, it can go back as far as Lake Shore Drive and Saint Timothy’s church. It is time to change the flow at this intersection. It is time for two left turn lanes.
The traffic going north across the intersection is sometimes dense but nowhere near as dense as the left turn demand. I am NOT suggesting expanding the number of lanes by removing either of the small grassy spots where Warwick north can turn onto West Shore, or where West Shore turns onto Warwick north beyond the light. I have read the dedication marker at the Warwick to West Shore turn. The huge, beautiful tree may be gone, but the plaque is still there. You have read the plaque, haven’t you? You have had enough time waiting for that light to turn green!
The changes to put this into operation should be minimal. Lanes need to be painted differently and the middle one of the three lights needs to have the green light changed to a left green arrow and be synchronized with the leftmost light. It should be easy to make the changes and it should not need a long study to decide “if” this is needed. Just ask anyone who sits through two or three light changes if it is necessary.
These are state roads so Senator McCaffrey and Representative Vella-Wilkinson, we’ll need your help here. I know I am in Ward Four, so I imagine the intersection is too. The Ward Four Councilman Mr. McElroy and Mayor Picozzi are probably interested in being involved too. Let one or more of these folks know you if you, like me, are interested in this change.
A. Douglas Ray