Example of BRILLIANT Massachusetts Road Planning & Design

Example of BRILLIANT Massachusetts Road Planning & Design

We come to a 4-way intersection on Lancaster Street (Rt. 117), Leominster, Massachusetts.
Where the Lowe’s and Texas Road House is located, is this 4-way, and the best part is…..
….well, you have to watch to see this marvel of planning!

Massachusetts: Either the roads are bad, or badly designed.

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  1. CodyL211
    CodyL211 says:

    soon you will be able to turn right because they are going to continue building there. thats why the road starts to go to the right. the lights always stay red because they are for the road you are standing on, which is not in use, so why would you alow them to turn green if no cars are not going to be driving on it… yet. and i get it. its a sarcastic BRILLIANT. but if you put together what i said, that road is accually planed out well.

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  2. georgef551
    georgef551 says:

    @TheElevatorPlanet
    Best part is, the way the roads and structures were made up at the WAL*MART plot, the dead leg of the intersection will never get used.

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  3. asskakakaka
    asskakakaka says:

    As long as it doesn’t effect the flow of traffic I don’t really see the issue of having the option for another road. It may look weird but it is there for any future developments. But the lights facing the direction of the field should be deactivated since that is really wasting electricity. Here in Rhode Island there are multiple intersections like this one but instead the lights facing the direction to nowhere are off and bagged up.

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  4. georgef551
    georgef551 says:

    @vizzini59
    They are LED’s.
    The funny thing about that intersection is, it was created, when any feasable use for it was removed, as there’s no accessible means to it, especially now. The hills blocking a possible road are a lot bigger now, with new buisnesses where the hill was in this video.

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  5. georgef551
    georgef551 says:

    I’ve done 128 once, and that was enough. 🙂
    We have those on Rote 2 as well, as well as on ramps so short, even a Mustang is doing less than 10 before it’s on the highway.

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  6. vizzini59
    vizzini59 says:

    Good observation but the cynicism might not be warranted. The civil engineers who planned the site were forward thinking enough to provide a second means of entry/exit from the eastbound plaza. If another business eventually occupies the lot directly across from Texas Roadhouse this intersection would prove to be the most direct entry into its parking lot. Why the RED stop lights need to remain on 24/7 is baffling. BTW-60K hours equates to 6.8 years so unless they are LEDs they’ll be out soon.

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  7. georgef551
    georgef551 says:

    I think it was suposed to be the back entry to WAL*MART, but then the piled of dirt they stacked went too far towards the buffer zone, and nixed the back road.

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  8. georgef551
    georgef551 says:

    Everything else was, except the Wally World light only allows 4 or 5 cars through, then you sit there forever for the next quick green. So, I go through Monsterland instead.
    From what I remember, that was suposed to be a back entry to WAL*MART, and with all those buffers, and the huge dirt pile that wasn’t there before, looks like a dead end. I figured that whatever is being built next to the WAL*MART may use that stub. It’ll be interresting how they do it, looks a bit tight.

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  9. georgef551
    georgef551 says:

    That’s the one good thing, is lack of traffic flow issues. I do get a kick out of the lights on the nowhere side.
    The way the land was developed, there will never be anything on that side.

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  10. georgef551
    georgef551 says:

    At least the triggers don’t work. They did ONE thing right! 😀
    The city won’t kill power to that particular set, but in about 60K hours, they’ll burn out, and won’t consume anything anyhow.

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