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Old 09-05-2012, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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The more I think about it, the more I think the greater efficiency overall would be in allowing traffic exiting from Kohl's to go straight at the same time as traffic coming off of I95. At least that would alleviate some of the problems at that parking lot, and I think there are likely more people heading southbound on 95 than there are southbound on Stillwater.
That's true.

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Of course, I'd like to see a good rotary there, myself. The two in Augusta have me about convinced that we shouldn't need a traffic light anywhere north of Portland. The new (well, several years old now) modifications they did to the east-side rotary seemed to make it more tame and more efficient at the same time.
That's funny. Traffic circles are great in their place (where no entering traffic has priority), but wouldn't address this issue.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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That is one of the most confusing intersections in the area, especially for those from outside the area that are using it for the first time. You need to know exactly what lane to get in "before" you are able to read the signs. One problem IMO with making it a left turn on Stillwater, is making the cycle of the lights longer for everyone and causing some to become "impatient" leading to road rage. I have been the victim of that experience once at that intersection when I didn't accelerate quickly enough for the person behind me. By having a bit of patience would mean many fewer crashes. In the tourist season I drive with way more caution. It is incredible what I have seen some out of staters do - like taking a U turn in the middle of Stillwater during a "slight" lul in the traffic. This is not wise as there are so many businesses along there.

Also as an afterthought -- I can't imagine what the person or persons who designed the Kohls parking are was thinking.
That's a ridiculous "Florida Parking Lot" plan. It's totally foolish in a state where you have to plow snow IMHO.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Bangor officials seek public comment on I-95 Stillwater ramp — Bangor — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

It never made any sense to me as to why they wouldn't allow people to turn left from I-95 to Stillwater. I mean, the traffic coming out of Kohl's doesn't get to go at the same time, so it's not as though there's any legitimate safety concern.
As I recall, the concern at the time was that traffic would increase in the "tree streets' area.

The article seems to confirm that.

“At the time this was put in, there were a considerable number of citizens concerned that this would increase traffic on Howard Street and the ‘tree streets’ between State [Street] and Stillwater.”
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Reloop - lol I agree. The Kohl's parking lot in Bangor reminds me that the same person must have planned the parking at McDonald's in Freeport and the Mall in Augusta where Pier One is located. It is totally convoluted.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Bangor, the city of arrows.

Rules and sigange are relevant to conditions at a specific time. when conditions change the rules need to be revisited. It would be commendable to make changes as traffic flow patterns change. that would be a sign of public responsibility and not an attack on someone's original strategy.

Staying in that area for a week, I was wondering about that intersection. If you drive any of those roads everyday you get used to the flow but if you are a first time or occassional visitor you will be scrambling to figure out the maze.

good to see a fesh coat of paint on some of those faded arrows.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Bangor, the city of arrows.

Rules and sigange are relevant to conditions at a specific time. when conditions change the rules need to be revisited. It would be commendable to make changes as traffic flow patterns change. that would be a sign of public responsibility and not an attack on someone's original strategy.

Staying in that area for a week, I was wondering about that intersection. If you drive any of those roads everyday you get used to the flow but if you are a first time or occassional visitor you will be scrambling to figure out the maze.

good to see a fesh coat of paint on some of those faded arrows.
Yeah, there are definitely some places where you need to know which way you want to go *before* you get to a point where you can see any signs or arrows. Sometimes, if you don't know, by the time you see some directional information it's too late and you're screwed.
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