7 Minutes in University Park

Not that it’s ever super fast but yesterday-all day-the intersection of Lovers and Hillcrest was like Northpark at Christmas. During high traffic hours it’s always busy but Monday I waited and waited and waited  not really noticing until cars were aborting mission and turning in driveways or attempting crazy maneuvers to turn around.

So last night I headed out on an errand and decided to time it. My kids were thrilled. 7 minutes.

11 thoughts on “7 Minutes in University Park

  • November 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm
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    It’s seems worse than it used to be. Luckily there are plenty of east/west streets to use instead of that intersection.

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  • November 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm
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    So our citizens know, that intersection and light are controlled the City of Dallas.

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  • November 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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    The cycling of lights at that intersection is not unusually long. The problem is that when the lights do change people just sit there finishing their texts and eventually creep forward. So you have only 5-6 rows of cars make it through the light.
    If people simply paid attention and weren’t so inconsiderate there wouldn’t be any problems (and it might also prevent drivers from going 40mph down the side streets during the morning school commute).
    Green means go. GO!

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  • November 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm
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    Chief Adams, why is that light controlled by the city of Dallas? It’s in UP.

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  • November 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm
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    Oops! How did I make that dumb mistake? I read it but thought Hillcrest and Northwest Highway. Let me clarify: Lovers and Hillcrest is controlled by the City of University Park.

    Sorry!

    Chiefly Embarrased

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  • November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm
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    The speed limit on “side streets” should be 20 mph. If you go 30 mph, you get a ticket.

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  • November 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm
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    I was going to the Snider Plaza Tom Thumb today at 6 p.m. The traffic was terribly backed up on Lovers. Heading east, it was backed up all the way past the light at Dickens. Maybe the city could look into this problem.

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  • November 10, 2010 at 10:27 am
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    “I waited and waited and waited not really noticing until cars were aborting mission and turning in driveways or attempting crazy maneuvers to turn around.”

    The height of obnoxiousness = drivers who use private driveways as turn arounds

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  • November 10, 2010 at 11:15 am
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    I call it the Lovers Lane Two Step. Worst traffic in the area any time of day despite the cameras. If the city wanted to improve safety by making Lovers slow, then it hasn’t worked because everyone has just switched to University or Southwestern or other streets to avoid Lovers. You can’t make it through all the lights now and I heard they are putting another light up at Baltimore and Lovers. Keep slowing Lovers down so all the traffic moves to the side streets—not the brightest move.

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  • November 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm
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    Hillcrest has also been a nightmare to get down. No synchronization of lights therefore taking forever to reach MIS or Mockingbird when you have to stop at every light! Ugh!

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  • November 11, 2010 at 10:32 am
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    While we’re talking about traffic in the PC, let me highlight a couple changes that would benefit many people, especially those of us who drive/live north of University.

    First – we need a protected left turn on north/south bound Douglas at both Lovers and University. You can have 10-15 cars backed up in each direction and only 1 or 2 cars getting through who are turning left. Even if they were only active in the morning and afternoon during school arrival/dismissal, it would improve traffic flow on Douglas.

    Second – Why do people insist on turning left onto Lovers from southbound Lomo Alto? The sign clearly says right turn only. Perhaps the UP police out to start enforcing this.

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