Will Twin Falls Drivers Learn How to Work Intersections Without a Sign?
Twin Falls is in a strange state of being when it comes to traffic. We are #8 when it comes to population size in Idaho. So, compared to the rest of the state, we’re no small potato. Officially named a city in 1907, the work to start our place to call home began in 1904. Realize that streets were part of that plan.
As a city grows, so must the streets and intersections. Installing sidewalks, widening roads, updating street corners, and putting in crosswalks and traffic lights have all been noticeable improvements in the last 100 years. There may need to be more.
Do Uncontrolled Intersections in Twin Falls Need to Be Updated?
In my endeavor to traverse the labyrinth put forth by chip seal and construction to get home from work, I encountered intersections with which I was unfamiliar. Being new to certain streets and intersections, I drove carefully this particular day and encountered something unpleasant.
Most intersections had street names posted on signposts, but no indication of stop or yield requirements, also known as an uncontrolled intersection. I had been taught that if no signage indicated otherwise, treat them as a 4-way stop. After several near misses from cars almost running into me at these crossroads, I began to wonder. Have I been treating these intersections incorrectly, or do other drivers just not care?
After doing a bit of research on our own website, I see the issue of uncontrolled intersections has been addressed. Evidently, this is not the first occurrence of this particular problem. It has been addressed, redressed, and the instructions continue to go unheeded. No stop, or yield sign means nobody slows down to look for cross-traffic. In reality, the driver to the right has the right of way to get T-boned.
Should this be removed as an issue? Is it time for the city to break down and use resources that could be better spent on other projects to put up stop signs at every intersection because drivers are too lazy to slow down and look before blowing through them?