When we bought our house ten years ago, one of the selling points was
that it had easy access to the freeway. There are two ways to get to
our neighborhood, via a two lane road or via the super busy 5 freeway.
The 2 lane road is appropriately named The Old Road and it intersects
with the freeway offramp to the left of our neighborhood. If I want to
go North (or as I would say, LEFT), I have to go through that
intersection. The grocery store I usually go to is at the intersection.
The other nearest grocery store is about 3 miles away to the right.
That intersection on the left used to be easy. It used to be a 4-way
stop light. Now it is a scary round-a-bout that is giving me chest
pains. The signs leading up to the round-a-bout that nobody in this
part of the world knows how to use looks like this:
I am not really sure what exactly is on the diagram they posted because traffic is moving so damn fast that I can't stop and read it so I drew what I think it says. I haven't actually driven in the round-a-bout yet, I've only seen the sign as I turned right. As I turn right, I look left and try to see what is happening. I can see there are no lights and people are freaking the hell out.
I have no idea how I will ever get to that grocery store again. I will have to have all my prescriptions transfered to another pharmacy because I don't want to die getting my thyroid pills, things with wings, and cookies.
Turning the easiest intersection ever into a speedy nightmare of death at the cost of over 40 MILLION DOLLARS makes no sense to me. Everyone will just avoid that exit, that intersection, and that grocery store because now it's too scary to drive there.