Drivers must use traffic lane properly
This letter is in response to the article on the new River Street/Main Street intersection in Oneonta — my fear is a head-on collision. Every time I’ve driven on Main Street into the city of Oneonta from Southside people are driving in the left lane, which is marked as solid yellow on the outside and dashed yellow on the inside.
The definition from the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices — the book whose standards are the rules for marking roadways in New York State — states “A two-way left-turn lane is a lane provided for the exclusive use of left-turning vehicles in either direction, and is NOT to be used as a through travel lane or passing lane.”
I am just writing this in the hope people will read this and realize if you are turning left on River Street from Main Street, you CANNOT drive the entire length of Main Street in the above-mentioned lane, which is designed for turning into the businesses in that area, until you reach the area that no longer has a solid yellow line on your side.
I haven’t been on Main Street yet when anyone coming the opposite way has been stopped waiting to turn into a business, but there will be a head-on collision if people driving into the city don’t begin using the lane properly.
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