A problem at a single intersection should not make an entire three-block radius inaccessible.
By Sean Burak
Published April 22, 2015
Here's a fun situation I encountered yesterday during a street closure at Cannon and Mary Street.
I needed to get to Catharine Street. Normally I would go down Mary, turn left on Cannon and left on Catharine.
Now, that's already a roundabout way of getting there, due to our one-way street network.
How I should be able to get to Catharine south of Cannon
How I normally have to get to Catharine south of Cannon
But yesterday, Mary Street was blocked. As a result, cars turning onto Mary had to do a u-turn and drive the wrong way back to Wilson.
So what was the solution? Maybe right on Wilson and left on Ferguson to Cannon to Catharine? Nope: Cannon was closed.
Okay, how about left on Wilson and right John to Robert to Catharine? Nope, Catharine was closed.
What happens when there is a closure at Mary and Cannon
I ended up having to go the wrong way down Catharine.
I know this is a one-time event, but still: even a one-time problem at a single intersection should not make an entire three-block radius inaccessible.
And by the way, this was after I already had to go out of my way to get to Mary. From Main I took Hughson to King William to Mary, instead of just turning from Main onto Catharine, which is what I should be able to do.
We need to fix this ridiculous network of barely-usable one-way streets.
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