I don’t drive a lot. In fact, I hate to drive. However, I have lived in different parts of the Delaware County throughout my life and have seen my share of bad roadway intersections in our great county. Below is a list of the ones I hate the most, either due to heavy traffic, poor layout, or they are just simply hazardous. Please feel free to list your own since I haven’t been to every street in the area and therefore don’t know every single one.
#5 – 5 points – Aston
I never really had a problem with 5 points myself, and I’ve driven it hundreds of times. I can see how the layout would confuse some people though, and adding a new park right on one of the corners won’t help with traffic flow any.
#4 – 452 and Route 1 – Middletown, PA
This intersection is more of an annoyance rather than a danger. Making a left onto 452 from Route 1 during rush hour will net you a 3-4 light wait. Traffic also backs up a lot on 452 during the evening rush hour.
#3 – Route 252 and Route 3 – Newtown Square, Pa
I know this intersection very well and it’s a total nightmare. There’s heavy traffic coming from the Blue Route going to West Chester on one end, and heavy 252 traffic from DCCC/Media going to the Main Line on the other. Factor in people making left hand turns blocking some lanes and this intersection qualifies as one of the worse.
#2 – Route 1 and Sproul Road – Springfield, Pa
The map image says it all. Heavy traffic combined with people getting off/on Route 1 and then having to merge with Route 1 traffic in of the off-ramp which turns into a race to avoid getting stuck in the outer lane. Getting onto 320 is ok, getting onto Route 1 is horrible.
and the #1 worse intersection – Route 252 and Route 1 Media Bypass – Media, Pa
Horrible. Not only is this intersection congested beyond belief from an explosion of new housing in the area, but the layout is totally ridiculous. Good luck turning left onto 252 from Route 1 coming from Springfield, because I’m not letting you through. It seems that people can’t follow traffic laws on this strip of road, and many accidents happen as a result. This intersection needs some serious review by the traffic engineers at PennDot.