Northwest NEWS

March 5, 2001

Editorial

Traffic moves better without lights

A couple of interesting observations about traffic flow in Woodinville. Quite possibly the worst intersection in town is the 4-way stop on the west end of 175th by McCory's. It has taken me as long as 28 minutes to get through that intersection.
   Recent road construction reduced that to a one- lane road with flaggers. Guess what? No more waiting, the traffic stops for a minute or two and then all move forward at once.
   I didn't think much about that until the day of the earthquake Feb. 28. The second worst intersection in our town, 175th and 130th, became a 4-way stop.
   I have never gotten through that intersection so fast. What can take 5 to 7 minutes to get through the light was backed up by only two cars at 1:30 in the afternoon! About a 30 to 60 second wait.
   In our wonderful city with a population of 100,000 from 8 to 5 p.m. and 20,000 population on evenings and weekends (my numbers), observations indicate better traffic flow results from fewer restrictions.
   Don't know what this means but it was certainly interesting.
   Jeff Groff, via e-mail