Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Intersections We Can't Navigate
FARMINGTON, SISSON & SHERMAN
If you are going straight on Farmington this intersection is a breeze. Going left coming from either way gets a bit tricky. If you are coming up Sisson Ave be prepared for a backup of 20-30 cars at most times of the day. The crawl up Sisson isn't helped by the fact that cars are allowed to park on the right side of the road causing all cars to have to briefly move into the left lane. There of course will be a jerk or two who waits until they have reached the parked cars and then honks at you when you won't let them in. Coming out of Sherman Street when a class gets out at the law school down the road? Forget about it. The Sherman light cycle is comically short. The absolute maximum number of cars that can make it through is five and that's if everyone is paying attention and gets right on the gas.
BONUS: Can cut through the Ravi gas station to get onto Sherman. Cutting through Subway is often too risky as Sisson will likely be stacked up and traffic on Farmington can be too dense and fast moving to get back out onto the road.
THE SIGOURNEY STREET ON RAMP
If you're an adrenaline junkie, this is the on ramp for you. In rush hour, to continue on I-84 you will just have to merge through three lanes of dense crawling traffic in about a quarter mile. That's nothing. The real excitement comes when merging onto I-84 via this ramp when traffic is heavy and travelling at full speed. When this happens you will get the pleasure if entering a highway at about 35-40 MPH and having too cross three lanes and settle into a fourth lane of traffic moving at approximately 70 MPH.
BONUS: See who is playing soon at the Mohegan Sun while trying to deftly maneuver through traffic via that banner perpetually hanging from that building. Nickelback for $175?! Sign me up!
THE BULKELY BRIDGE
Looking for another challenge after conquering the Sigourney Street on ramp? Continue westbound on I-84. During rush hour prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl crossing the Connecticur River over the Bulkely Bridge. Who thought it was a good idea to have highways merge and seperate with exit only lanes while going over a bridge causing cars to cross lanes, enter, and exit in a mad frenzy? We have no idea.
BONUS: Guys put on your brightest colored dress shirt and girls your tightest dress. Like the excitment of the roulette wheel? Take the Route 2 on ramp just over the Bulkely Bridge towards the casinos and after navigating a tight cirlce at a maximum speed of about 35 MPH enter Route 2 and it's fast moving traffic in the left lane! Sure to get the heart pumping everytime.
BROWN AND WETHERSFIELD
What's this you say? This appears to just be a basic two street intersection near Sad City's original lactose powder dealer. Not quite if you are headed up Airport Road and looking to go either straight onto Brown or right onto Wethersfield Ave. Anytime during the workday, the straight/right turn lane is always backed up and the light is too short. With this intersection on a fairly steep hill, this is especially difficult for those with manual transmissions.
BONUS: Take a left hand turn and just take the next right and continue onto your destination. While the straight/right hand turn lane is backed up, the left hand turn lane always is short and the light even provides the left arrow. A true Hartford veteran move. Seriously. Where else are you getting a tip like this?
ASYLUM, FARMINGTON, & BROAD
So you are coming from downtown and headed to the West End. You snake around Bushnell Park enjoying the views of the fountain, you drive by 55 On The Park and wonder how they ever rent any units with the outrageous prices they charge. You cruise by Black-Eyed Sally's and the bus station and then want to proceed left onto Farmington Ave. But traffic is coming the other way from Asylum! What do you do?!?!! Do you stop!?!?! Why are there cobblestones in the middle of the road?!?! What does a hanging light with an "X" in it mean?!?!
From what we have ascertained, if coming from downtown you have the right away; just go! Traffic headed towards downtown and cutting across your path has a stop sign. Avoid this intersection at all costs between 4:15 and 5:30 weekdays when employees from The Hartford are getting out of work. It is a complete nightmare.
BONUS: The "X" light means don't go down the road. From Driver's Ed we remember that these lights are used when a road is one-way part of the day and two-way other parts of the day. Because that isn't confusing at all.
DOUBLE BONUS: Hakaan's Driver's Ed instructor was named Mondo. Something like Mondo D'Nofrio. He was into building elaborate model train sets with his hobby club and encouraged Hakaan that it was an excellent hobby and he should try it out. Little did Mondo know that 16 year old Hakaan was simply biding his time until he got his drivers licence so he could become a force of nature the likes of unseen before to the single women of Greater Hartford.
Editor's Note: Hakaan has had two dates since he received his driver's license. When we contacted each of these women for comment they asked that we never call them again and promptly hung up.