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If anyone tells you the French are never perverse...

Oct 5th, 2007, 08:26 AM
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If anyone tells you the French are never perverse...

Google this, hit "Maps," and zoom in full: 48.753763,2.303267

Notice the lane direction indicators just at the arrow point. Now switch to the satellite view, and you will see that the southbound lane is to the east of the divider island, and the northbound to the west. Just south of the island, the lanes cross over one another and become "normal" again.

Why they decided upon this arrangement is anybody's guess. I asked a couple of locals and got the "Gallic pout/shrug."
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Oct 7th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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I hate the "interjection" in Lille where the rosd joining the motorway actually comes up from below in the middle lane...
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Oct 7th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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Sounds interesting. Can you get a fix on it?

Bring it up in Google Maps, and hit "Link to this page" for the lat/lon.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 02:06 PM
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That's amazing. I had no idea that France is now hiring Florida traffic engineers to help with their planning.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Y'all aren't going to believe this, but that actually is a GOOD engineering design.

That, folks, is called a left-in/left-out connection. It allows the traffic exiting the main road to not interfere with traffic entering the main road. Most likely, this is a stop-controlled intersection and is not signalized. If this were a "normal" intersection, entering traffic would have to wait for the exiting traffic to clear. This way, the traffic streams function independently: traffic can enter the main road at the same time that traffic is exiting. Unlike in Ghostbusters, crossing the streams here is actually a good thing.

Now that you've had your traffic engineering lesson for the day, you can hit me with the rotten tomatoes and stinky French cheese... ;-)
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Oct 7th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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"but that actually is a GOOD engineering design."

OK, then I take back my post. Clearly it was NOT done with the aid of Florida traffic engineers.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 03:20 PM
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Nice engineering. But for the three or four cars per day that I've seen on r. Auguste Mounié, I think that's a little overkill.

Look at the satellite view, and tell me who you think was "left out."
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Oct 7th, 2007, 03:25 PM
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Guys, You are taking travel planning to a whole new dimension.
 
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