- Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Two weeks ago in this column, I wrote about the three intersections in and near Wellington and Royal Palm Beach that I find the most frustrating. After that column published, I quickly realized I am not alone.
Everyone has their “pet peeve” intersections. And readers were quick to share theirs with me via social media and email.
My top three were Southern Boulevard and State Road 7, the Stribling Way and Pierson Road roundabout, and Southern Boulevard and Sansbury’s Way/Lyons Road.
The column was written out of frustration — but not with state or local planners and engineers. I was frustrated with my fellow motorists. I was inspired by my drive to my doctor’s office, where I was diagnosed with the flu. So you can understand that I had no patience for people who weren’t paying attention to the road.
Generally, your responses were sympathetic. Suggestions poured in on other intersection headaches in our area. I even received notes regarding traffic issues outside Wellington and Royal Palm Beach.
Lisa Hanser lamented the morning backups on northbound South Dixie Highway approaching Okeechobee Boulevard.
“Downtown West Palm Beach!” she said via email. “The traffic lights on Dixie from Clematis Street going south are not timed. I usually get stopped by every one of them: Clematis, Datura, Fern, and Lakeview. Why can’t they be timed?”
There were some who chided me for “whining.” One man called me a dweeb, and encouraged me to “move to Pahokee where you won’t lose your shirt over some traffic.” Except he did not use the word “shirt.” This is a family publication.
Here is a look at some of the other traffic trouble spots suggested by readers:
Ring Road: Also apparently known to one Facebook user as “the stupid circle that encompasses the entrances” to the Mall at Wellington Green. Another commenter said the traffic pattern is confusing: While some entrances have stop signs there are others that do not, creating some white-knuckle moments as those entering the mall hesitate, uncertain of whether they should stop or go. “No one ever knows what to do because they are confused,” wrote Patricia Markey Bachi.
Southern Boulevard and Lyons Road: While my major gripe was regarding the westbound traffic that backs up in the afternoons on Southern Boulevard at this intersection, Amy Flanagan Denedios said the morning traffic there is a test on anyone’s patience. “Every morning there is at minimum a 10 minute wait to turn west onto Southern from Lyons,” she wrote on our Facebook page.
Southern and Forest Hill boulevards: While work is slated to begin next year on improvements to this intersection — including a continuous right-turn lane from northbound Forest Hill onto eastbound Southern, which I’m sure is music to many residents’ ears — it probably can’t come soon enough for Facebook user Mona Snell.
She pointed to the long waits for traffic heading north onto Crestwood from Forest Hill. “The light lasts less than 45 seconds!” she opined.
What we learned: Yes, traffic patterns are confusing. But there usually is a method to the madness. Slow down, pay attention to signs and be patient with your fellow drivers.
And if you hear that state or local planners will have a public meeting to discuss a road project in your area, show up. Make your voice heard. Your comments and concerns will be taken into consideration, and you could have an effect.