This Fall River Route 24 On-Ramp Is by Far the Sketchiest and Most Dangerous
If you were to ask me my honest opinion on the drivers of the SouthCoast, Fall River doesn't fare too well.
This past week alone, I've been in and out of the "We'll Try" city running errands and checking off meetings on my to-do list. Coincidentally, both were up near the Bristol Community College campus, which meant I had to risk it all on the way home when it came down to one specific highway ramp.
I'll cut right to the chase.
If you're driving around the rotary by Newport Creamery with plans on heading south back to 195, then you have no choice but to take the on-ramp onto 24 southbound off of President Avenue. It has to be one of the most dangerous highway ramps I've encountered.
Once you're clear of the extremely sharp right turn to get onto 24 South, you have approximately three seconds to safely merge onto the highway. That is, of course, on top of the fact that you're blind to traffic already on the highway until you're just about off the ramp, making it near to impossible to judge the speed of the vehicles in the lane nearest you.
Now, I'm no roadway engineer, but I'm sure someone could have made the on-ramp section a little longer to give more time for merging drivers. I'm not trying to tell anyone how to do their job, just griping (it's what I do best). Just think about how stressed or frightened someone new behind the wheel must get in a situation like this. I've been driving confidently for the past 18 years and I still get nervous in this particular merging lane.
There's no way I'm alone here, but if you think you know a more dangerous/confusing/unsafe highway merging ramp in the city, then I'm all ears. Shoot me an email at Gazelle@Fun107 or hit us up on the free Fun 107 app. I'd love to hear from you.