Chapel Hill is not the easiest place to drive. Between the fact that this town was probably not designed to hold so many people and the fact that students love to dart out into the middle of every busy road possible, it can be stressful to navigate the streets.
But, by far the worst annoyance has been the light on the intersection of Raleigh and East Franklin streets.
If you are driving straight onto Hillsborough Street — which I often am, as I live off of it — or even turning right to get to East Franklin, you had to wait for the cars who, against all odds, think they can turn left. Every day that I’ve pulled up on that light, I’ve watched it turn from green to yellow and, frustratingly, red before turning green what feels like an eternity later.
No more than four cars at a time end up moving during one green light during a quick-moving period. And forget about going anywhere in the evenings or Friday afternoons. You honestly may as well move into Spencer.
I think, overall, I’m a pretty chill person. But I have physically yelled at cars and their drivers because of the stress this light has caused me. That intersection bothers the ever-loving hell out of me.