Something that definitely feels unique to Pittsburgh is it’s love for intersections with more then 2 roads meeting. I’m not sure which civil engineer started this practice, but it causes an exponential level of inefficiency.
Here’s a few of my favorites:
As @mudlock reminded me on Twitter, in Edgewood you need to make sure you’re in the “U-turn, sharp left, or kind of left” turn lane.
In Squirrel Hill you have to figure out which way is straight at it’s famous 5-way intersection
Again, do you want to go left or REALLY left?
Another one in Squirrel Hill gives drivers a couple of choices at the intersection of Beechwood and Wilkins
There are a couple other examples of this around, I’ve always wondered how much efficiency could be gained by rerouting a road at the cities 5-way intersection so that one of the spokes goes into one of the main roads earlier, avoiding a confusing and unnecessary 3rd light cycle. What’s your favorite multi-way intersection?