Worst Traffic Lights In Twin Falls — Our Top Five
Back when this area was being planned, Twin Falls and the surrounding cities were designed to act like hubs. One city was to be the “Hub City” while the surrounding towns would support it. The whole thing was supposed to look like a wagon wheel. But times changed, different cities developed, and the Hub concept never really came into fruition. One hold over from that era of hub planning has been Five Point Intersection. Many are familiar with 5 Points, where five streets converge into one unholy intersection of madness, but did you know that the planners of our great town liked the concept so much that there are several 5 Point Intersections?
My least favorite, and the one I’ve almost been hit the most at, is West 5 Points. In this mess of an intersection, one lane curves into 2nd Street, while the other stays on Washington Street South. If you’re in the wrong lane, you have to turn, and more often than not this is where accidents happen.
This isn’t a bad intersection, per se, but this intersection’s light is on a timer. So that means even if there’s no oncoming traffic, you still have to wait for the light to change.
This, like 5 Points, is just a poorly constructed intersection. There’s no turn light when you’re coming out of the mall. It’s just frustrating.
This is another of our glorious five points. Head down Washington Street South and you’re at the nightmare called West 5 Points. Turn onto Washington Street and you have to contend with the traffic trying to turn into Swensens or McDonald’s (with no turn lane). Head up Addison and you make it to the granddaddy of all 5 points…
Welcome to what I feel is the most poorly designed intersection ever. Where Addison, Shoshone, and Blue Lakes meet the laws of physics and good sense go out the window. From Blue Lakes you can’t turn left onto Addison. The light between Blue Lakes and Blue Lakes South last all of about ten seconds. From Shoshone you can’t turn left onto Addison. And to make matters more interesting, the whole intersection is off kilter, as though it had been picked up, bent, and roughly dropped back where it was. The first thing people tell you when moving to Twin Falls is “don’t get hit at 5 Points.”