Thursday, November 4, 2004
That's Just Wrong: Traffic Problems
It can cause blood pressure to rise and tempers to flare. For most of us, the morning commute in South Florida can be a nightmare. But in one Broward subdivision, getting to work can be downright impossible. The problem: Neighbors driving in the wrong lane has others saying that's just wrong.
WSVN -- Every morning, millions of drivers hit the road.
But for residents of one Miramar neighborhood, just getting to the interstate can be infuriating.
Raul Murciano: "What people do is they get into the left lane and then they want to cut in front of everybody. There is no sense of civic duty, no social conscienceness...basically a free for all."
Like other South Floridians, Raul Murciano has his morning cup of coffee and gets ready for work, but once he leaves his house, the mellow morning ends and the manic morning begins.
Raul Murciano: "It is very frustrating and it makes the commute to work very aggravating."
That's because Raul and his neighbors have a hard time just crossing the intersection at 164th Avenue onto Miramar Parkway.
Gladys Garbin: "The people unfortunately are not courteous enough to let us in, one at a time, they just block us and you have to squeeze in little by little and hope you don't get hit."
How bad is it. We watched as drivers in the right turn lane waited patiently to exit the community, while others snuck into the left lane, only to make a right hand turn at the last minute.
Then once on Miramar Parkway, impatient drivers did the same thing at the Southbound entrance to I-75, forcing traffic to a standstill.
Gladys Garbin: "They take up two lanes and the left lane sometimes. So it's just a big mess."
A big mess that could soon be cleaned up.
Officer Bill Robertson from Miramar Police: "We are working to alleviate some of those problems. There are future plans for another on ramp southbound to I-75."
However, Officer Robertson says that won't happen until 2008.
In the meantime, the city also plans to put up plastic barriers like these near the I-75 ramp to avoid drivers from cutting in at the last minute.
Traffic engineers say there may also be less traffic on miramar parkway once this stretch of pembroke road is expanded into an overpass over the highway.
As for the people in this subdivision.
Officer Bill Robertson: "Our traffic engineering department is going to look into the feasibility of a traffic light at 164th avenue and Miramar Parkway."
But for now, neighbors can only hope other drivers will be patient and polite.
Gladys Garbin: "You would think people would be courteous enough and understand that we are all trying to get to work."
Miramar Police claim they often station police officers at the entrance to the commmunity and near the I-75 ramp to ticket illegal drivers. They say they may do that more often now.
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