DXMachina (dxmachina) wrote,

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The Rhode Island Way is a Different Way

Ripped from the headlines in today's ProJo! (Okay, the back pages, but whatever...)

I've become convinced the the RI DOT is collectively the dumbest group of people to ever wear shoes. I've already ranted about the ramp of doom on the bike path. They've also made an absolute mess of my commute for the last two years as they build a new highway to the base (designed to handle the traffic from the proposed port that isn't going to be built anymore), and revamp the roads on the base into bizarre configurations for reasons that are still unclear. The finish date for that project is apparently *thirteen* years from now.

The latest idea being floated by these swinging geniuses has to do with Rt. 138, which runs from I-95 near the CT border to Newport. It's a meandering little road that is the main route for people from NY and CT trying to get to Newport, and it just can't handle the traffic, especially once it gets to the center of Kingston. Traffic is often backed up for miles from the center of Kingston. They can't do anything about the road to increase its capacity. Kingston is a historical district, and the buildings are right on the road. There was a proposal floated some years ago to build a by-pass north of the village and URI, but it was shot down by the NIMBY folks as being detrimental to their country living. Now those same folks are demanding that DOT do something.

What DOT ought to do is tell the NIMBYs that it's the by-pass or nothing. What they've decided to do instead is to propose replacing all the traffic lights west of Kingston with *traffic circles*! They say that the circles are traffic taming devices, to slow the cars down and more easily regulate the flow of traffic. How much frelling slower than bumper-to-bumper do they want it?!? The problem is not the speed, it's the numbers. Yes, there is back up from the lights, but the two lights in Kingston will still be there.

The worst thing about the proposal? Ten years ago, there was a traffic circle at one of the intersections in question, but DOT removed it and replaced it with a traffic light because they felt traffic circles were unsafe.

Meanwhile, RI will finally get to see "The Station" episode of CSI-Miami when it's repeated this week. The local CBS affiliate refused to air it the first time, because they worried that it would upset people affected by the fire. It's being repeated this week, and this time the affiliate is going to show it... At 1:35 in the morning... What's the point of that?

And everyone wonders why I keep Jersey plates on my truck...

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