It's nice to see opinions about Yakima Valley Highway. It's quite obvious that the powers to be haven't had to stop behind any cars trying to turn left from the thru lane.
Just think what problems that could cause, and that was when you could actually see the lane markings. Just last Friday I drove the entire route behind a truck driving in the turn lane. I have had many people still trying to pass me on the right. I am sure they were wondering why that idiot isn't moving to let them by.
For the life of me, I don't understand what was so wrong with using the left lane as a turn lane when that section of the highway was a four-lane road. At least you could still use the right lane as a thru lane.
I would like the people making the decisions to try to cross the highway from 5 to 6 p.m. Good luck.
One writer mentioned the four-way stop at 16th and Sheller. I like to call it the eight-way four-way. Many people don't know what to do at a four-way stop, let alone an eight-way. When that intersection was being constructed, I stopped and asked if it could be built so a truck could get around the corners. That is impossible with a turn lane at each corner. I was told that it had been engineered to work properly. Just goes to show that an engineering degree doesn't trump common sense.
Another problem is the left turn light at Edison and Yakima Valley Highway. There needs to be a turn arrow, then a yield on green light. If you don't get to the turn lane going south before the thru lane going east on Edison goes, you will sit through two light changes.
Also, proper lights would cut down on traffic through the mall parking lot, but to be fair maybe I am just in too big of a hurry.
Maybe the city council and the city planners could solve two problems by eating some CROW, and get things back to normal around here.
/s/ Ervin Kilian, Sunnyside