|not the greatest picture but it was cold & rainy|
I live so near the intersection of Kavanaugh & Van Buren that I frequently watch people try and navigate the awkward three-way from my porch. Three-way (intersections) are always awkward. That's particularly true for those with limited traffic signage.
For those traveling north toward Mount St. Mary's & up Kavanaugh you have to watch closely for left-hand turns entering Hillcrest. Those turning left have to watch carefully for northbound travelers who may quickly turn right into the commercial district, often without signalling. Southbound travelers have to watch closely for those exiting the Hillcrest commercial district back onto Van Buren & then to Markham of Fair Park.
It's a hot mess of indecision. I constantly see people incorrectly yield, speed through or change their minds midway. Add to that it's a heavily trafficked pedestrian crossing for neighborhood walkers, dog walkers and general bar/restaurant patrons who have to guess what drivers are going to do. It's a wonder there haven't been more accidents. But there's one thing that'd easily fix all of this confusion - a roundabout. Just take a look at the intersection and I suspect you'll see why:
Let's replace the three-way Y intersection with something like this
Adding a sign like this helps us confused Americans
Painting the lanes could be helpful as well. The below is a decent example though perhaps a few more arrows might be advantageous*
*I must acknowledge that there are two schools of thought on this - some think no paint provides improved maneuverability and some (including me) think the paint is necessary for Americans given our general fear & unfamiliarity with roundabouts.
I know Americans, particularly Southerners hate roundabouts (I can't imagine how we'd freak out over traffic circles - larger & meant for more vehicles at higher rates of speed) but they both work & have their place (some would say Conway;) ). The three-way Y intersection at Kavanaugh & Van Buren is the appropriate place.
The design of roundabouts forces drivers to slow as they approach them, then limits drivers' circulating and exit speed. It is difficult to pass through a well-designed roundabout above these design speeds. In addition to slow vehicle speeds, modern roundabouts require drivers to slow and select gaps in the circulating traffic before entering the roundabout at low speed. Roundabouts also increase intersection traffic capacity by 30 percent, with fewer delays, improve pedestrian safety and reduce pedestrian delays compared with signalized intersections.
|Roundabout. A more modest approach in size vs. the traffic circle. This seems more appropriate for Hillcrest|