by Duluth News Tribune
September 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
A highway safety measure has become a nuisance requiring a potentially expensive solution. Continue Reading
Tags: autos, St Louis County, Traffic, Transportation 7 Comments »
Rumble stripes have been used for years without issue by MNDOT, but they’re outside of the fog line where they belong. It’s good to see the County Commissioners listening and making a commitment for change.
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Yup, whoever thought this up was proof you can’t fix stupid. Instead of maybe hitting a ditch, a sign, or a tree off the road, guaranteed there will be head on collisions as people hug the centerline to avoid the strips. S-M-R-T!!!
Guaranteed? I don’t think so. I think you’re totally wrong.
Bill….you’re right that you can’t “guarantee” anything (other than death and taxex), but none the less your overall point is not correct. Stasticially, if you work the “odds” there will be more head on collisions. You can’t ignore the fact that is you move cars towards the center of the road due to the negative experience of hitting rumble strips on the fog line…..you’re definately increasing the odds of a head on.
Really you’re just using the logic the Highway department used to put in the rumble strips on the fog line. Their logic was to move the rumble strip closer to the driving lane to give drivers more chance to correct if they start going off the road. So if you encourage cars to drive closer to the center line of the road you’re bringing them closer to oncoming traffic….on both sides, and giving them less chance to correct if a driver veers into their lane or you into theirs. There is absolutely no way stasticially I know of that this act would not increase the odds of head on collisions. It does’t guarantee anything….but if you go against the odds you’ll always lose in the long run.
My point was, I don’t think people are going to swerve into a semi to avoid a rumble strip.
That wouldn’t seem logical to me.
But I also know of people who would roll their filled family van to avoid a rabbit, so maybe you’re right and people will fear the sound enough to die to avoid it?
ANOTHER GREAT IDEA FROM BIG BROTHER.
This is another ridiculous idea from our federal government. It was probably made by some well meaning stuffed suit in DC who just wanted “to save even one life.”
Remember Mike Forsman was right there with his constituents while Keith Nelson was turning his backside to the complaints.
Even now KN is poo-pooing correction cost. Maybe because he isn’t living near the noise?
Once again I have to say the old carpenter had it right when he said….measure twice, cut once. Hindsight being 20/20….the Intelligent thing to have done was to put in a two mile Sample Stretch. Maybe the Next Project being Funded will learn from the history of this one.
And thanks again to Mike Forsman.
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