Odd E. 11th/Trenton intersection questionedJuly 25th, 2012 by travis baker
The in basket: While touring food gardens in Manette Saturday during the Edible Garden Tour, I talked with Karen Danis at her Jacobsen Boulevard home, one of those on the tour.
She asked me about what she considers the counter-intuitive traffic control on East 11th Street at Trenton Avenue, a few blocks from their home, where drivers may continue without stopping in the left turn onto Trenton. Drivers on Trenton northbound must stop and the very few wanting to continue south on Trenton must yield. Her husband, Galen, said he makes a hard right from Jacobsen’s angled approach, then left to approach the turn at a right angle and stay out of the way of cars turning from East 11th to Trenton.
The out basket: I told them the intersection had been that way for as long as I can recall, and I doubt the city would change it, barring a rash of accidents there. It would change driver’s expectations after decades of it being as it is.
As an example, there still are many drivers coming off the Manette Bridge and not yielding to traffic in the new roundabout there, which I think is attributable to the decades of them having the right of way when leaving the bridge. That changed just this year.
Reader Jan Luckcuck wrote last week saying it’s still happening, twice to her in the previous two weeks while she was in the roundabout.
I’m unable to guess what experience caused the city to allow lefts without stopping on East 11th at Trenton, and I imagine anyone in city government at the time who would know is long gone.
Do any of you old-timers, perhaps residents of that area, recall what led to the strange arrangement?