2010-05-28 / Letters

Road Rage

Dear Editor,

We have been reading lately about Andrew Cuomo running for Governor and how he is going to root out corruption in Albany. How is he going to do that? He doesn’t have an atomic bomb. The folks in Broad Channel are unhappy with the Department of Transportation because the DOT is cutting the traffic lanes down to one lane, and naturally they are wondering why?

And of course everyone and their Letters

grandmothers are wondering why bicycle lanes are in the same lane as the cars in many locations. I believe that the state is not in compliance with the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The state of New York signed on to the federal program and created a supplement. For that the state got big bucks, our bucks, by the millions. The state never did much to be in compliance, except to take the money. The big change was the sign postings. Signs are supposed to be mounted on their own sign posts and have to stand exactly seven feet from the ground to the bottom of the sign. You don’t even have to leave your house to figure that one out.

So if you receive a traffic ticket most likely it was issued illegally. Traffic signs are screwed to lamp posts, nailed to wooden poles, multiple signs hand on the same poles, etc. I doubt that one single sign is posted correctly in the state of New York. If it was posted correctly all the other signs would look out of place.

The city of New York has no problem telling the police to issue summonses knowing well that the signs are not in compliance with MUTCD. The DOT will post “ signs anywhere in order to satisfy some at the expense of others. The word legal is just not in their vocabulary.

Turn on your computers, Google MUTCD and take it from there. See for yourself what the state has not done in order to be in compliance with MUTCD. So the government sees the idea of the one lane routes as a cheap way of being in compliance, yet at the same time they hand out contracts to companies that specialize in drawing white lines on the roads. They do not realize the law changes on one lane roads.

It is all about money and if anyone tells you anything else they are not being truthful. As for the safety of the public, the DOT could care less. I have written to the Federal Highway Administration asking them to explain to me how a one lane roadway is safer than a two lane roadway. So far I have not received an answer. Maybe they are looking into my complaints, but I am not holding my breath for an answer. All that I know is that when you don’t get an answer there is a fox in the hen house.

JOHN BAXTER

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