More news about the traffic calming islands on Madison's Edgewood Avenue, which disappear from view and become invisible when it snows. They've finally put up warning markers -- but problems remain. Madison's Channel 3 reported yesterday on the nightmares for snowplow drivers created by the obstacles.
"First of all, when you see them, you don't see them, and you hit them and it jars the whole truck," Endres said.Check out Channel 3's video report here.
He said that missing a traffic island can bounce a driver through the roof of his truck. He called that "teeth shattering."
But he added that even those traffic calming devices that are plainly marked pose a challenge.
At one roundabout Wednesday, Endres demonstrated how his plow could not go around it correctly -- it wouldn't fit. He had to stop and back up, clogging traffic. He ended up making an illegal left turn in front of the roundabout just to continue his route.
If you ask me, the traffic calming roundabouts are a triumph of good intentions over common sense, of manipulative traffic engineering ideology over the realities of climate. They just don't belong here.