Limiting Left Turns is Key Safety Move
The drivers who travel Dixie Highway every day deserve the safest, most efficient and least congested roadway we can reasonably achieve. The highway’s current design allows drivers to turn left almost anywhere they choose, which chokes traffic and causes wrecks. That’s why the New Dixie Highway will use medians to block most left turns, except at intersections.
Left Turns are Dangerous
Turning left on a busy road is one of the most dangerous maneuvers we make in a vehicle. One Department of Transportation study found that more than half of all crossing path collisions occurred during left turns. (Right turns made up only about 5 percent!)
Even when completed safely, left turns still slow down traffic and create congestion. For example, cars waiting to turn left often block a lane of traffic.
Reducing left turns will make The New Dixie Highway a better roadway for all of us.
This photo from Hurstbourne Parkway illustrates a type of non-mountable barrier that could be used to restrict left turns.
For more information on the project, go to www.thenewdixiehighway.com