Sunday, September 18, 2016
Right turn signal on SB Little Falls Pkwy. at River Rd .in Bethesda has a glitch
There are two points in the cycle where drivers waiting to make a right turn onto westbound River Road (MD 190) get a green arrow to do so (no turns are allowed on red). First, when all of southbound Little Falls Parkway has the green light. And a shorter green arrow later in the cycle when River Road has a red light going both east and westbound.
The shorter green arrow cycle has been malfunctioning over the last few days. It now allows a maximum of two cars to make the turn before snapping back to yellow and red. Not only does this cause the queue line to grow longer, but also increases the risk of conscientious drivers getting rear-ended from others not used to the shorter turn time.
Is this a glitch? Or a purposeful change, as yet another ham-fisted strategy in the War on Cars? This intersection is controlled by the Maryland State Highway Administration.