A traffic light in most other parts of the world is a yawn but here in Bedford, every light that goes up is a victory for drivers.
The Bedford Historical Society was dead set against any lights at the Village Green, saying it would destroy the very nature of the quaint town. But as the town grew and more and more residents tried to cut across the Village in the years before there was a light, well, it was like playing Russian Roulette.
Here, before the light was installed, the Truck had to zoom across the traffic, not sure of the car would bear right onto 172 or bear left and stay on 22. Crap shoot. And commuter time in the morning, drivers would tempt fate and try and get two or three cars zipping across traffic.
The second light in town came where Greenwich Road exits onto Route 172/22 (the two routes combine for about a mile). That light too saved many a hairy exit, eyes closed and foot on accelerator. Fortunately, there’s a Catholic Church nearby for those who also prayed their exit from Greenwich Road left onto 172 would be okay!!
Now, this week, breaking news. The Intersection of all Bedford Deadly Intersections, where 172 meets 22, is finally getting a light. It’s had one blinking light for as long as I can remember which was utterly useless.
Traffic on 172 backs up on peak times (school out, Friday nights) past Clark Road and it takes forever to get to the intersection, let alone turn left.
From the vantage point of being on 22, turning right onto 172, traffic comes at all angles and goes every which way. I could turn right (red), I could go straight (yellow) and one I didn’t add, I could have my blinker on like I was turning (red) but actually mean I’m going straight then turning into the Shell station past the light. The truck (brown) could turn left or go straight and the traffic coming out of 172 (Purple and Green) can turn left or right.
I took this video at a quiet time of day and you can still see how people on 172 pull out and turn left right in front of oncoming traffic. YIKES!
This new light will dramatically change (for the better) the traffic flow in town. Thanks DOT, thanks. I’d be curious to learn how this light finally came to pass – who pushed the agenda for the County (because I think 22 and 172 are both county roads). I’l do some research today and see what I can find. Whoever you are, thanks thanks thanks.