Ask Joe: drivers are allowed to cross double yellow lines

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 10/15/2013 6:38 pm
Question:
Jim Lundy is the owner of the 7-11 store at Longley and Mccarran.  Longley Lane was recently re-striped and Jim says they did away with the left hand turn lanes that allowed drivers turn into his business.    He wants to know why?

Answer:
I went and met with Jim this week and took a look at the situation.
  There is now a double yellow line as you're driving each way on Longley just north of Mccarran. This is part of a new configuration to ease the flow of traffic at this busy intersection.
You would think the double yellow line means no left turns, but not so.
   According to RTC and the city of Reno's traffic engineer,  you can turn left over a double yellow line.  You just have to yield to oncoming traffic and make sure it's safe to make the turn.
  RTC spokseman Michael Moreno says the original plan was to build an island on that stretch but business owners were opposed to that so RTC ditched that idea and put in the double yellow lines instead.   Jim is concerned the situation could create confusion for drivers but traffic planners say they  feel the new configuration is best for everyone involved. 
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renojim - 10/16/2013 6:52 PM
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Kramer so does your mom, to bad she didn't "suck" the night of your conception.

Kramer - 10/16/2013 5:25 PM
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gee, what a "duh" story. like, nobody here bothers to understand the nvehicle code (V.C.) -it's all NRS...in CA, U can cross the double yellow if U (subsequently) leave the roadway. Here, one must 'yield the right-of-way'; a "no brainer". Most of the commercial places I drive to are land-locked by weird medians, speedbumps, and other artifacts of the Leadfoot Administration

Kramer - 10/16/2013 5:20 PM
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it's "sometimes" (one word) and really, leeches "suck".

renojim - 10/16/2013 8:30 AM
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Sucks some times the city ops for quick fixes that jeopardize businesses instead of investing time and money to look for a real long term fix. Sucks because I go to the fitness connection by there and always stop by that 7-11 and the people that work their have always been very friendly.

the people - 10/15/2013 9:15 PM
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they are right it is hurting there business its hard to get in to now.
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