Proceed at your own risk

I have seen so many near-accidents at the intersection of Springbrook and McAndrews roads. On McAndrews, there are three lanes. One is marked with an arrow for a left turn, the center lane is unmarked, but the right turn lane is also unmarked, which is confusing for drivers. This lane should have an arrow for right turns. The problems is when vehicles stop, waiting for a light change, the middle lane drivers go straight ahead, but sometimes the right-turn lane drivers also go straight ahead, resulting in two vehicles driving toward one lane. I don't understand why other intersections are specifically marked, and this very busy one is not.

— Rita M., Medford

Rita, you're not the only one who isn't entirely pleased with that intersection. "I've never liked the way that intersection is set up," said Cory Crebbin, Medford's public works director.

Believe it or not, Rita, if you are traveling east on McAndrews, you can either turn right onto Springbrook or continue heading straight, merging with the traffic in the center lane. The two straight-ahead drivers are left to their own devices to figure out who gets the lead position (drag-race starts, however, are frowned upon by local gendarmes).

"It kind of points out an imperfection in the transportation system," Crebbin said.

At many intersections, a motorist's only option in the right lane is to turn right. By allowing motorists to use both lanes to go straight, it increases the ability of the intersection to handle more vehicles, Crebbin said. A similar type of situation can be found as you're heading eastbound on Delta Waters Road at Crater Lake Avenue.

Crebbin said there should be enough room on the other side of the intersection for both lanes to merge.

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