The Diamond Isn’t Rough

June 13, 2012 at 12:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I spent this past weekend in Springfield, Missouri, home to a couple “diverging diamond” intersections similar to the one proposed for Northwest 48th and I-80. We drove through one of them. The most notable thing about it was how unnotable it was. I didn’t even know we were at such an intersection until we were halfway through it. It flows nicely, and concerns about how drivers will know where to go are significantly overblown. The driving process is readily apparent.

The fact that the driver experience isn’t shocking is good news for Lincolnites. Once folks get beyond the novelty of it, the intersection shouldn’t be expected to cause any trouble. Then again, our multi-lane roundabouts shouldn’t be a problem either and look how much whining they’ve generated.

I wish I had known I was approaching a diverging diamond intersection so I could have made a video or taken a couple photos. Alas, we were more focused on not getting lost than on documenting quirks along the way. I suppose you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say that Lincolnites may well survive this latest round of transportation trickery.

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