I think some serious planning mistakes might have been made on this project. I wonder if any calculations were done on trips per business. I was in the lot today, geesh! If you think it’s going to be better after construction ends forget it. I think the lot basically is undersized, it’s too narrow. Add in the SUV’s and other high profile vehicles and you can’t see for beans. There are also lots of children, a busy parking lot. It also has alot of people that “pull through” the parking spaces. I am sorry but that is a personal issue with me, I don’t like it. The pull through driver usually goes too long with no visual clues to stop. Check it out they all go long. It is more difficult to enter a car this way as well. It is possibly dangerous also. If you do this at the Mall and walk between other cars you are in jeopardy, for real trouble. This season more than most. I had a little kid slam his head on my side mirror in the Globe Plaza. His Mother was walking him through parked cars to reach her doors from the back. She would not have had a screaming kid if she had parked correctly. It is not safe practice to do this in a parking lot. I see alot of people doing it all over, It means that when you pull out forward it’s rather abrupt with few clues for other traffic. That’s what your back up lights do, they signal that you are backing up. The lights signal your intention to pedestrians with children and other cars. I see alot of vehicles that do it are SUV’s . Frankly if you can’t back it up maybe you shouldn’t be driving it. This is not a SUV rant, I feel sorry for anyone that has to own one, that and pickup trucks.
It’s done now the Rite Aid is moving forward, but I want to say that the calculations for traffic were off.
Every parking lot should have medians to prevent the lazy practice of pulling through. It’s not safe.
The lot at the Globe Plaza really is awful and will continue to be same. I do think the Hospital is pleased. This reconfiguration of Rite Aid will cut down traffic on their driveway.They “own” Alumni/Alumnae Drive. Exeter Trivia- the hospital owns the traffic light at Dunkies. I find that so weird.
The “middle” entrance to Globe Plaza is really useless. Since the parking lot is undersized you can’t shoot in and get off Portsmouth Ave. This has you going down to the next entrance the Margarita’s end. This entrance is really bad. Cars coming from Dunkies don’t even tap the brakes to let you out to go back to Town. In Winter this is an icy down slope too. I go right then turn around in Flynn’s to avoid the glares. The glares from impatient drivers. These poor souls have endured the wait at the Bandstand, the wait at High St. Then they wait at Walgreen’s, then Dunkies, now they wait for people to turn into Globe. After that the foot is pedal to the metal. I don’t really blame them. There has been little to no traffic planning done with any projects in Town. That truck entrance to Stop & Shop is being misused too.
Condos , a bunch , at the base of Columbus Ave. I heard no discussion by Planning or Zoning on traffic impacts. Since there is no traffic planning I suggest everyone calm down and be more polite.