Newton corner

I mentioned this a little bit in the comments for smeg’s most recent post re: Mass. drivers, but I got angry all over again and felt the need to vent.
I have the nice reverse commute thing going on, meaning I go west on the Pike in the morning and east in the evening. It’s not bad for the most part, except for my exit, which is Newton Corner.
Newton Corner is a terrible exit, and is too packed full of cars every day. Now, what I don’t understand, is that one can get on the Mass Pike going east from Route 16, or get off the Mass Pike onto Route 16 going west, but one cannot get off going east onto Route 16, or get on from Route 16 going west on the Pike. If they were able to make an off-ramp for eastbound Pikers to get off at Route 16, this would cut down on the traffic at Newton Corner, where you can get off for Newton, Watertown and Brighton.
Also, Newton Corner does not allow for unfamiliarity or hesitant drivers. If you have no idea where you’re going, and you’re too timid to poke in and cut people off, you are going to be stuck there FOREVER. (And I speak from experience – I had a temp job in high school at that very exit and it took me the whole summer to get confident enough to drive there. I was like 18 and freaked out).
Of course, this is probably typical of the Boston experience. I can’t wait until we can teleport everywhere and don’t have to use cars anymore.

3 Comments so far

  1. Em (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 5:20 am

    Ooo, teleport. I personally always wanted to be like Jeanie – able to “blink” myself from here to there. How awesome would THAT be?!?

  2. Heather (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 5:48 am

    Man, I used to have that same commute, both by bus (egads!!!) and then by car. It was so ennerving in all the ways you described and thensome that I eventually just bailed on the Pike altogether, in favor of the calm Soldier’s Field Road to Charlesbank Road. Granted, the C-bank road exit was kinda iffy, but it was a vast improvement nonetheless.

  3. lizbet (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 5:59 am

    I used to work right near there, and my coworkers and I all call it “suicide circle” because you’re taking your life in your hands if you don’t really know how the traffic actually runs there (even if you know how it’s supposed to run)

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