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Harrison Street between the Groceries
  • Suburban Not Urban April 1, 2013 - 3:56 pm #69502 Reply

    Who in the world designed the crossing between the 2 groceries?  Because of the 2 lost lanes and the position of the 2 parking lot entrances relative to the cross walk point, it now creates a grid lock point when the 25% of traffic going through this tries to go left into either parking lot that then stops all traffic behind them.   If AC can’t fix this, I’ll just have to do my shopping outside the county.

    speonjosh April 1, 2013 - 4:51 pm #69513 Reply

    Are you new to the neighborhood? It’s been like that for a long time. I have never figured out why more people don’t go to the Safeway. The parking lot is much easier to handle than the HT parking lot. (Well, OK, the vegetables are limp and there is no one at the meat counter, but other than that, it’s perfectly fine…..)

    The cross walk got the flashing light addition maybe five or six years ago. Other than that, nothing has changed in years. The Lee-Harrison plaza got a major renovation and the addition of lots of new businesses/restaurants (including, of course, the HT) about 2000. It’s been a madhouse ever since.

    You should have seen it after Snowmaggedon when Harrison was one lane all the way down to Lee Highway for several days afterwards.

    Anonymous April 1, 2013 - 5:03 pm #69514 Reply

    You haven’t been there lately, speonjosh.  There is now a median that throttles each direction down to one lane right where the blinking crosswalk was.  If folks could mind their speed this measure would not be necessary but they can’t.  It’s not working well in the new configuration though (not yet at least).

    The HT side sucks in any snow, not just Snowmaggedon.  The center refuses to do any snow removal near the street and loses business (at least from me) as a result.  One would think they would welcome pedestrian traffic given how congested the parking lot is.  The Safeway side is always nicely shoveled, but the store is lousy so you can’t really win when it snows.

    Arlingtoon April 1, 2013 - 5:37 pm #69530 Reply

    In my opinion the Harrison Street Safeway is far superior to the Soviet Safeway, located on Old Dominion in the Chesterbrook Shopping Center.  It’s an enormous store that usually out of whatever it is I’m there to buy.  It’s easier to park there than the Harrison Street store, and it’s closer to home (for me).  But I avoid it unless I forget (which is occurring more frequently, I’m sorry to admit).

    At least the Harrison Street employees understand that you need to restock what you’re out of, and the employees seem to be friendlier too.  Only downside is they don’t accept Rubles and Kopeks.

    Rick April 1, 2013 - 11:39 pm #69542 Reply

    lol speonjosh. I hope everyone enjoys the new median! Car free diet for everyone!

    speonjosh April 2, 2013 - 10:22 am #69560 Reply

    Wow. You’re right, I haven’t seen this. It’s only been about 6-8 weeks since I’ve been there. I’ll have to check it out.

    It sounds terrible since traffic turning into and out of those parking lots already was a major pain in the neck. If through traffic can’t even go around anymore? Recipe for gridlock.

    Chris Slatt April 4, 2013 - 8:27 am #69863 Reply

    Give it another month – they aren’t done yet.  The median will make a lot more sense when they re-stripe.

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