Problem Intersection: Maynard Terrace and I-20

Crossroads of confusion.

In our travels around the Patch, we try to avoid Maynard Terrace, which at certain times can be nightmare of motor vehicle entanglement.

There's no traffic signal there at that interchange which is just south of the Maynard Terrace and Memorial Drive intersection in Kirkwood, near the East Atlanta border.

There's not even a flashing light.

Problem is, those coming off the eastbound exit of I-20 are usually decelerating at a high rate of speed.

They have to stop almost in the middle of that intersection, to see the southbound traffic coming down Maynard.

Meanwhile, those traveling south on Maynard from Memorial see two lanes in that direction.

But the lane in the right turns into the entrance onto I-20 and unless you know that already, it comes up without any warning as the white lettering on the ground is nearly gone.

At night it's impossible to see, so you often see motorists wanting to stay on Maynard suddenly swerve into the left lane.

East Atlanta Patch reader and frequent commenter , pointed out yet another head-scratching problem with that I-20 Maynard interchange:

"What I've noticed is, if you're driving southbound on Maynard to turn right on I-20 westbound, the drivers who are turning right must yield to drivers who are turning left from the other direction," he wrote in an e-mail.

"In any other place I've ever lived, and also when consulting the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a U.S. Department of Transportation-authored signing guide for roadways the yield should come from crossing vehicles."

As it is, motorists can't really see the yield sign, something Spaceship notes.

"The yield sign at Maynard is so overgrown, drivers can't see it and therefore treat it as a "traditional" yield," he said. "I have witnessed many conflicts at this ramp, where folks who have lived in the area for some time abide by the posted sign. Others who are expecting the traditional yield try to enter the ramp first, and drivers turning from the left honk in frustration."

What's been your experience with that intersection? What should be done to address the problems?

Jamie August 22, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I drive this intersection almost every day. I agree getting on going on the ramp to westbound I-20 is confusing if you are coming from Glenwood. I have gotten honked at before for not turning by someone who saw the yield sign. I have also almost been hit turning and having someone not observe the yield sign. In the afternoon it is really backed up to turn left. I have no problems going right but I do have to sneak out into the road to see around the left turners.
Victor Cooper August 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
+1 Jamie. Every morning.
Robby Astrove August 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Yes the yield folks dont yield. Just to add another thing...no street sign at McPherson & MT. The other point that must be said is...slow down folks!
Péralte Paul August 23, 2012 at 12:05 AM
You hit the nail on the head, Robby!
RD October 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
The problem with right-turn motorists yielding to left-turn motorists is not unique to this intersection. I have seen it in various locations across ATL. (Examples: Church St entrance to get onto I-285 S in Decatur, Chesire Bridge Rd entrance to get onto I-85 N.) It is very confusing and often leads to some awkward right-of-way glances between motorists. (Driver A: "You gonna go, dummy? I'm yielding for you like the sign says I'm supposed to." Driver B: "Make your right turn already so I can make my left.") Are motorists making the left turn supposed to be able to see the yield sign that faces the opposite direction?


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