8 Intersections In Portland That Will Literally Drive You Insane
We've all been there, stuck at an intersection in heavy traffic watching the light turn green only to not move a single inch. For the most part, Portland is a city you can get from point A to point B pretty easily. However, there are a few intersections within the city limits where you could easily find your inner road rage. Here's the list of 8 that we've come up with...
*NOTE* We'll be using a "Frustration Meter" to rate how crazy these intersections can actually make you.
CONGRESS ST/HIGH ST/FREE ST FM: 8/10
Lots going on at the intersection of Congress/High/Free. Congress St on its own is already a traffic filled area. Add in the potential at this corner of a gathering at the State Theater, or a Friday Art Walk, and this intersection filled with beautiful lights and lively restaurants can transform into the gate of Hell. This intersection is also one of the biggest culprits in the city of people completely ignoring walk signals. Can you already feel your blood boiling?
CONGRESS ST/ST JOHN ST FM: 5/10
This is probably Portland's #1 spot where people are in the wrong lane. It may also be Portland's #1 spot where people go the wrong way down a one way road. Either way, watching people struggle to turn left at three different locations at this intersection is enough for you to grit your teeth to the point of bleeding gums. Take a deep breath or else make your next dental appointment.
BRIGHTON AVE/STEVENS AVE FM: 6/10
Depending on the time of the year, this particular intersection can be a living nightmare if you don't possess a vehicle with 4 wheel drive. And even if you do, you get to sit in your car and watch as someone struggles to get up the slick hill on Brighton spinning their wheels in their Ford Taurus from the 90's. Oh, and while they're spinning their tires, the light has gone from green to red four times and now you're late for work by ten minutes. Of course this exact scenario has never happened to me.....
FOREST AVE/ALLEN AVE/STEVENS AVE AKA MORRILL'S CORNER FM: 9/10
The intersection at Morrill's corner is so frustrating on a daily basis that you might begin to consider living off the grid just for the inner peace. It's a piece of the city that truly feels as though a 6 year old was playing SimCity one day and thought it would be hilarious to have roads intersect in a confusing way, and then add popular commercial establishments to intensify the misery.
FRANKLIN ST/MARGINAL WAY FM: 7/10
This might be Portland's most straightforward intersection that somehow manages to get twisted up like a pretzel on a daily basis. If you're exiting from 295, then you're likely going to be in for some moments of pain. It can't be confirmed, but I believe more people run red lights at this intersection than any other in Portland. It's the ultimate "LET ME IN, NO, LET ME OUT" scenario.
FOREST AVE/MARGINAL WAY/HIGH ST/STATE ST FM: 7/10
Another intersection that is dependent on the time of day you get involved. The fact that 4 major arteries of the city all connect at essentially one intersection should already spell doom and gloom, but if you happen to stumble across this beauty during rush hour, be prepared to wish we still all got around on horseback. JUST GOOOOOO!
WASHINGTON AVE/ALLEN AVE FM: 6/10
Truthfully, there isn't one particular intersection on Washington Ave that stands out, most of them are equally as torturous. I picked this one simply because of the major amount of left turns that stall any good moving traffic lanes. Add a busy Dunkin' Donuts and Amato's to any intersection and you're likely to find some drivers finding new, inventive ways to potentially cause accidents.
FOREST AVE/WOODFORD ST FM: 10/10
Personally, I've never spent more time stuck not moving at a set of lights than this intersection right here. The truth is, you have a collection of poorly placed lights that include the intersection of Forest Ave and Ocean Ave as well. Bizarre left turns, people blocking intersections constantly and ever-so-fun random train crossing can make a rush hour stop at this intersection feel like someone is pouring hot wax down your throat. If you can avoid it, do it any cost.
There is no doubt there are other horrible intersections throughout Maine. Feel free to share where you live and the misery you have to endure on a daily basis as we all continue to fight off road rage.