This blog has softened it's commentary of any perceived shortfalls of Rowlett elected people, appointed people, flaws in judgement, scheduling misfires, wasteful spending, etc., perceived as committed by Rowlett people. However, the State of Texas doesn't get a bye just because Rowlett did.
I have a question to ask both the Turnpike Authority and TxDot. I will pose that question after some discussion.
I have been watching the intersection of Geo. Bush Tollway and Lakeview Pky ever since the turnpike was opened. Five minutes after the turnpike opened, it was taking five light changes at the above intersection to get from east to west on Lakeview Pky. It was only slightly less congested getting from west to east at the same intersection. Yesterday, it took me six light changes to cross the intersection at 5:30 PM.
Of course, everybody has noticed this malfunction. Recently, work has begun to provide a right turn lane from Lakeview Pky to north bound Bush Tollway. Of course this will help, but only a little bit. Five right turning cars does not create a 6 time light change. Thirty cars do. Why 30 cars? Because the waiting line is never pulled down sufficiently to accommodate all the waiting vehicles, right turning cars helping, or not. It is an easy phenomena to observe. Just park in one of the parking lots on the corner and watch. A stop watch would be handy. However, you don't need a watch. Pick any "rush hour" time frame. Watch the line on west bound Lakeview Pky. When the light turns from green to red, there still remains a significant line that never made it thru the intersection. However, if you then turn to the north bound service road of Bush Turnpike at the same intersection, the line always clears.......or nearly so, never leaving more than a couple of cars. The longest I have ever waited on the south bound service road is two light changes. East bound Lakeview Pky can be a little longer, but never as long as west bound. Therefore, the worst case differences between the lines vary from zero light changes on north bound service road to 6 light changes on east bound Lakeview Pky. South bound service road and east bound Lakeview average somewhere in between.
The north bound turning lane will help, but it will fall far short of "fixin' the problem."
The problem is timing of the light changes. This falls directly on the shoulders of TxDot. It is a very easy observation to make, but it would help if the observation is made somewhat after normal working hours. I know. It probably adds some overtime expense. However, we tax payers pay that expense, and I doubt it is as much as setting thru 6 light changes every couple of days. Also, once the problem is fixed, our gas expense goes down. That is a good investment of sending a college trained traffic expert out to the corner for a few minutes.
Now my question. Does TxDot or the Turnpike Authority hire any experts that got out of the 6th grade? They must be able to count beyond fingers and toes. Also, it would be beneficial if they can use a stop watch and a calculator.
Clearly, east and west Lakeview Pky handles significantly more traffic than the service roads of the tollway. The light changes are much the same duration. If one doesn't recognize this, 6 light changes are created while trying to cross a single intersection.
The traffic signals need to be tweaked. They are long overdue for this maintenance issue. A college trained traffic engineer just has to spend a few minutes after normal work hours to see it.
My 10 year old grandson helped with this post.