Dear Morrills Corner, I Hate You
I don't like to complain. It's rarely productive and I'd rather save my breath for boy bands and dogs. But after my 4-mile commute turned into a 30-minute haul for the hundredth time, always stalling at the same mess of intertwined roads, I can't take it anymore.
Morrills Corner has to be one of the most poorly engineered intersections in Maine. My list of terrible things about Morrills corner is longer than the line of traffic at the red light from Forest Avenue. Somehow, I've managed to narrow it down to three major issues. I'm sure you'll feel my pain.
THESE GOSH DARN RAILROAD TRACKS. It would be one thing if they were smooth and level, but naturally, they're thrusting out of the ground a good couple inches on each side and the pavement has collapsed around them. It makes for the perfect tire-popping, rim-denting, alignment-altering storm of terrible.
Listen, I do not hate the businesses around Morrills Corner. They're providing important goods services, like gas, tattoos and piercings, car washes, and alcoholic beverages for the people of Portland. However, I definitely hate the turning traffic trying to access these businesses and the oncoming traffic that refuses to let anyone cross their lane into these businesses. I've sat through up to three lights waiting for the cluster of cars to clear out from the middle of the intersection. Unacceptable! I have places to be! Radio shows to host! Blogs to write!
Can you read the fine print on that sign? Apparently neither can drivers in Morrills Corner. The sign says NO LEFT TURN 2:00 PM TO 6:00 PM MON THRU FRI. The left turn is to Bishop Street, the weird street in the middle of the intersection. When drivers try to turn left, it backs up a funeral procession of cars all the way to Deering Oaks Park (okay, I'm exaggerating but that's what it feels like). I call it a funeral procession because I've died a thousand deaths sitting in that line, waiting for people to give up or read the sign and move along.
Do you feel me on this? Or am I way off base? Do you have any beef with intersections that you need to get off your chest?