Something New and Huge Has Been Painted on the Road in Windham, Maine to Solve a Traffic Problem
The corner of Roosevelt and Tandberg Trails in Windhamis a very busy intersection, especially in the summer. Roosevelt Trail is the gateway to Sebago Lake for residents and visitors alike, and that means a lot of cars end up stopped at the light, sometimes backing up several cars deep. The intersection is also in the shopping area of Windham, so a lot of traffic is entering and exiting from every direction.
Some plans are being considered by the Town of Windham to help ease the traffic congestion, which include everything from lane markings to building bypasses. In the meantime, it seems some action has been taken just before the busy Memorial Day weekend to help solve a chronic traffic issue at the intersection of Tandberg Trail and Abby Road.
Abby Road connects with Tandberg Trail just before the intersection and when tourist traffic headed to the lake comes in from the Maine Turnpike to the east, it can back up waiting to take the right turn onto Route 302, in turn, blocking cars entering from Abby Road. Traffic is usually pretty light coming off Abby Road, but a new building that houses Bangor Savings Bank and Cross Insurance will open soon and traffic from it will be using Abby Road as an exit.
In an effort to prevent cars from blocking Abby Road, huge instructions have been painted at the intersection on Tandburg Trail in front of Abby Road.
If you read this as "Block Not Do," like you were a wise old Jedi Master with green skin and big ears, that's understandable. It's meant to be read top to bottom as you approach it.
The question is, will this work? You would think so because it's really hard to miss. It took some time getting used to the new traffic light at Falmouth Road and Route 202 in Windham though, so maybe this will take some getting used to as well.
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