Sunday, May 03, 2009

Got A Light?

Traffic lights; not bad things to have around. You stop cars on one street while making it safe for those on a cross street to move without fear of having company at an unexpected moment.

When I go down Market Street in Kingston, all but one are “demand” lights and there is so little side street traffic that I can roll right along without a care in the world.

The Market Street Bridge has no traffic lights on it. Not any more, at least; but it wasn’t always that way. That’s because a guy came to town, after he sold iceboxes to Eskimos and pigs to Muslims, with a truck filled with traffic lights and plans to put every last one of them on the bridge, needed or not.

The bridge isn’t that long, as bridges go. I never measured just how many tenths of a mile (one or two), but there’s only a small to average river under it. And traffic lights over it, all five lanes: two each lanes and a separate turning lane coming into the city.

Seventy-four lights. Yes, 74: approx 15 per lane which, the fast-talking salesman insisted, was the minimum needed to keep the bridge free of catastrophic, widow-making front-page, rolling off the edge, car crashes.

They were taken down, collisions never did take off and we have a lot of spare traffic lights – yours for the asking.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that if you make the first green on market, and keep your car at 35mph you will make every green until the "corners"?

May 05, 2009 8:33 AM  

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