Here's the biggest issue that I have with the modifications that are being done thus far: I simply don't think they'll improve traffic flow at this intersection. I suspect they'll make it worse, and I explain why below.
@TxDOTHoustonPIO does. I tend to look at right-of-way segments not the way they should be driven, but the way they actually are driven, and I think I know how people drive through Five Corners, having done it about three billion times myself. One of the biggest challenges with Five Corners has always been that there are too many mental transactions that need to take place within a frighteningly short period of time. On top of that existing burden, we have now overlain an absolute maze of new concrete lane restrictions. What I already see happening in response is that a lot of drivers' eyeballs are pointing down when they should be pointing up. They're looking twenty feet ahead of themselves trying not to hit concrete barriers in overly-narrow spaces when they should instead be taking holistic stock of the massive intersection that confronts them. Either that or they are looking up and some of them are smacking the barriers as a result.
I think I understand why the engineers decided to try adding these barriers (for brevity, I won't go into that in this post), but I'm not so sure that what we'll gain from the restrictions outstrips what we're losing.
I guess we'll have to see the whole picture before the full story makes itself apparent. Unfortunately, the degree of public outreach has been so poor that the whole thing might end up being built before any of us really become aware of what it consists of.
|This is a partial screengrab from this map which was published on this undated LC webpage as of March 2014. The map itself is dated 2011 (three years old) and if I'm understanding this correctly, it doesn't appear to show the same improvements as are actually being built right now. For instance, left-turning onto FM 518 from the Kroger parking lot has been eliminated via the questionable concrete improvements shown in pictures farther up in my post, but I don't see anything drawn on the left side of this map to indicate them. |
Furthermore, the LC page states that "TxDOT eliminated the bypass". So what does this whole present-day picture actually consist of??