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July 11, 2012 | 10:30 AM
As I was leaving downtown Corydon one day recently, I saw something that truly made me proud.
I was sitting at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Chestnut Street as a vehicle, a Ford truck, headed west was stopped in front of The Green Door restaurant, waiting for the light to turn green. The vehicle behind the truck, some sort of maroon Jeep, was turning right and thought it was just fine to try to squeeze in to the right of the truck to make the turn when it is obvious to anyone with functioning eyes that there is no turning lane there.
So, when the light turned green, the truck put its turn signal on and slowly turned right, pinning the other vehicle between it and the sidewalk. I watched the action from the other side of the intersection, cheering the truck on as it went and throwing a couple fist pumps in celebration.
I'm sure the driver of the Jeep was upset, but, hopefully, they will at least learn a lesson about how to drive and the rules of the road.
Motorists try to sneak in next to a vehicle and turn right there quite frequently, and they also merge right and continue straight through the intersection, flying past someone trying to turn. Neither move is legal or safe and couldn't possibly save the driver more than 15 to 30 seconds of time.
The entire section of Capitol Avenue leading north out of downtown, all the way up to S.R. 135 by McDonald's and Shireman's, should be a case study in how not to drive.
The middle lane — the one designated for making left turns — between the north bridge and Shireman's is used by many drivers as a halfway safe zone to attempt to turn across one lane of traffic, left or right. There's little scarier than driving north and having cars fly into the middle lane leaving you to temporarily wonder if they are going to come on into the road right in front of you or stop in the turning lane.
I understand motorists using it as a middle lane because sometimes it's nearly impossible to turn left onto Old S.R. 135 from either side of the road. One of the worst places to try to turn left is from S.R. 337 by KFC. Someone could be stuck there for a good two songs on the radio before being able to get out on the road.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has conducted a traffic study at the intersection of S.R. 337 and Old Highway 135 but has not deemed a traffic signal is necessary. Perhaps until that day comes the speed limit for Old Highway 135 between the north bridge and the intersection with S.R. 135 could be reduced from 40 miles per hour, and enforced, to give motorists more time to hop out onto the road.
Otherwise, the stretch of road will continue to be a crapshoot of vehicles flying about trying to get where they need to go.