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Ranking The Worst Intersections On Penn State’s Campus

Sidewalk Intersection With Students Crossing

Driving on campus these days is an experience, to put things lightly. Sometimes, you’ll be able to navigate traffic quickly and easily and get to wherever you’re going in no time. Other times, it’ll take 30 minutes just to drive from the library to Forum.

The intersections on campus may be a catalyst for heavy traffic. Either pedestrians never stop walking or drivers don’t know who has the right of way. Whatever the reason, most intersections on campus simply suck.

Out of pure spite, we sat down to rank the worst intersections at Penn State.

5. Bigler Road/Curtin Road

The intersection by East Halls isn’t truly that bad. Yes, it can sometimes be annoying, but it is also very straightforward. There aren’t as many pedestrians in that part of campus either, which makes it much less stressful.

What does make it get on the list is how tight buses need to turn. Those buses, as they turn from Curtain on to Bigler, have no room, and often it feels like you’re going to get hit by them. But when the threat of getting crushed by a bus isn’t there, it is a relatively tame intersection.

4. Curtin Road/Allen Road

This intersection is painful in the morning, specifically, but gets better throughout the day. Between 9 a.m. and noon is a brutal stretch because every bus in the world has a stop there. So on top of waiting for students who do not care about traffic, drivers need to be on the lookout for buses starting and stopping at that intersection.

By the afternoon, however, it really isn’t that bad. Very few people are waiting at the bus stops, and buses are running less frequently. At least it feels like an easier drive in the afternoon compared to the morning rush.

3. Curtin Road/Burrowes Road

It feels like no one knows how to drive at this intersection. The people who drive on Burrowes Road tend to not acknowledge the people at the stop sign on Curtin Road. And when three cars stop at the same time? Don’t expect anyone to make the right call.

The only good thing is that, for the most part, it feels like there are fewer pedestrian stops. Sometimes, during peak times like volleyball and wrestling matches, it can be a pain. But, overall, it isn’t as bad as people think.

2. Shortlidge Road/Curtin Road

There are so many people that walk in this intersection that it’s nearly impossible to get through it without long stops. Even though drivers actually know what they’re doing at this intersection, pedestrians are just so unpredictable here.

It also feels like every bus drives through this intersection, and sometimes they are too nice in letting people cross. That leads to long waits and rising stress levels, which is not a good combination.

1. Shortlidge Road/Pollock Road

This is far and away the worst intersection on campus. If you are on campus at any point during the day, avoid this intersection. Pedestrians do not have a single care in the world and will walk in front of you without fear.

It is almost impossible to drive through without waiting for people to cross the street. Once peak class time is over, however, it is actually an easy intersection to navigate.

Well, what did we miss? Head into the comments and let us know your least favorite intersection on campus. Be sure to note the ones that make your blood boil.

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Owen Abbey

Owen Abbey is a senior from Annapolis, Maryland, majoring in secondary education and minoring in social justice in education. When he is not writing for the blog, he enjoys rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor", and yes mom, actually doing school work. If you would like to talk about sports or "Survivor", the best way to reach out is on Twitter @theowenabbey. All other compliments may be sent to [email protected]

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