Forum looks at eliminating left turns at major intersections

Posted September 11, 2008 11:27 a.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2008 6:36 p.m. EDT

— State transportation leaders met Thursday afternoon to discuss an idea that would eliminating left turns at busy intersections in an effort to reduce traffic congestion.

Instead, motorists would turn left at what is called "quadrant roadways" – that is, at a traffic light a block before or after the major intersection.

The idea is already in place in Greensboro and has saved more than 2 million hours of delay since the 1970s – about 150 hours a day – according to the Regional Transportation Alliance, which is sponsoring a forum on the matter – "Turning Left the 'Right' Way" – Thursday afternoon.

Engineers with the state Department of Transportation, North Carolina State University and City of Greensboro were among those in attendance Thursday, as well as local and state transportation officials and members of the business community.