Hooray for PennDOT

October 28th, 2008 posted by Jenny Poust

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Hooray

I used to think that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was out to get the poor, innocent drivers in and around Lehigh Valley … particularly with how they designed the ramps we use to get on and off the highways. Anyone who’s ever tried getting off the Hamilton Boulevard exit from Interstate 78 eastbound (crossing two lanes of speeding traffic as Route 309 merges with I-78) knows exactly what I’m talking about.

But PennDOT recently made amends with the completion of what I consider to be the best improvement to Lehigh Valley roads in the last decade: a traffic light at the I-78 westbound off ramp onto Route 100 southbound.

Here’s the situation: You’re driving south on 100 and want to get onto 78 east. To do this, you must drive under the 78 overpass and immediately exit to your right. But at the same time, traffic coming off of 78 is trying to merge onto 100 south right before the 78 overpass. It’s the classic cloverleaf design.

I’ve spent the past 12 years of my life dodging all sorts of vehicles that come flying off 78 and onto 100. In fact, one time a gigundo SUV failed to yield as he pulled onto 100, causing me to slam on the brakes so I wouldn’t get run over, only to have the car behind me hitch a ride in my trunk.

But now, I no longer have to worry about out-of-control truckers and speeding soccer moms failing to yield as I attempt to get on 78, thanks to PennDOT’s brand new stop light.

Any other live-saving road projects in the Valley you’d like to comment on?

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