Worst Traffic Lights In Twin Falls — Our Top Five
Twin Falls has its fair share of bad traffic lights, and the summer construction only makes things worse. Brad Weiser shares his least favorite traffic lights in the Magic Valley. See if your least favorite made his list.
Washington and Falls Avenue
Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. With all the road construction going on right now, turning left from Washington to Falls is never going to happen. I have sat behind a left blinker for two entire light cycles while they wait for an opening to turn left. Until the construction is over and we get a protected left, it’s not in the cards. Here’s a time saving hint: Three rights make a left. You’ll get there faster.
Five Points at Blue Lakes
Here’s a place where you should be able to go left but you can’t. If you look close enough, there’s a sign that says “No Left Turn”. I see out of towners wait in the left lane for a green arrow that will never appear. I’d like to get mad at them but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to access Addison from Blue Lakes by turning left. Every now and then I admire the rebel that punches it on green. Outwardly, I frown on the illegal turn but I’m smiling on the inside.
Kimberly and Blue Lakes South
It’s actually a little South of the intersection (by Idaho Power) where you see the problem. The road is gone. It’s been that way for over a year now. Here’s a thought: Tear up the road, fix it, THEN move on to the next project. It’s frustrating not having a North/South route trough Twin Falls that doesn’t include a detour through Kimberly.
The two turn lanes from Blue Lakes to Pole Line.
This isn’t so much a design flaw as it is a people problem. For whatever reason, Twin Falls cannot seem to accept that it’s perfectly acceptable for two lanes to turn parallel to one another. But how many times have you watched drivers merge two lanes into one and drive right down the middle while you slam the breaks to keep from “merging” with oncoming traffic?
Construction by the I-84 Interchange
There’s no good way to get to through the construction and onto the freeway. Since access to the freeway is limited, the light is programmed to only allow flow from one direction at a time, meaning ‘they’ go, then ‘they’ go then THEY go and finally, YOU get to go. Depending on the time of day, traffic can be backed up for miles from the interchange all the way to the Perrine Bridge. If you’re trying to get from Twin to Jerome do yourself a favor, take Golf Course Road.