Complaints merge over troubled ‘yield’ on Route 62April 25,2013
By David Delcore
BERLIN — Some people love the stick-like white pylons that have created a dedicated lane for fast-moving traffic heading up the Berlin State Highway to Route 62 from the Barre-Montpelier Road; others, not so much.
Love them or hate them, state officials say the pylons won’t be around much longer and the “Yield” sign they replaced will be making a comeback while the state refines plans to reconfigure the troublesome junction that feeds one of the most studied intersections in central Vermont.
An interim fix for the signalized intersection where Airport and Fisher roads meet Route 62 has been postponed until next year and that, officials say, is when they hope to construct a permanent solution for the poorly designed junction nearby.
The answer — a “chicane” — may have a familiar ring to race fans, but Josh Schultz, who is managing the entire intersection upgrade for the state Agency of Transportation, said it’s technically not an engineering term.
Though Schultz said the agency has produced only the roughest of sketches so far, the concept — forcing traffic heading up the Berlin State Highway to curve slightly to the left and then swing back to the right before merging with Route 62 — has promise.
“We’re evaluating it right now, but we think it could work,” he said.
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