Ths DIS is a great place to ask Orlando airport transportation questions and share tips.  


Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Transportation
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-08-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
NE2
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 14

Why does the extra left turn ramp exist at World and Buena Vista?

If you get off southbound World Drive at the first Buena Vista Drive exit (for Coronado etc.) you can turn left, and there's a separate traffic light just for this movement. But there's also a loop after the overpass that's signed for traffic to eastbound Buena Vista (Studios etc.). In the past, I believe I've seen buses using this first option (issues with the curvature on the ramp, perhaps?), but yesterday I took the bus from Epcot to Studios and it used the loop.

So what's this extra roadway for? It seems like the cost of operating the traffic lights would have led to its closure long ago, unless there's a secret reason to keep it open.
NE2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
OKW Lover

Yes, we love Old Key West
Connoisseur of the fine things in life, and has the time to enjoy them (Just ask his wife)
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: 2 miles north of the Castle!
Posts: 21,279

Its just an alternative for folks that get off too early. That ramp design has been around a long time.
__________________
OKW Lover is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 02-08-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
NE2
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 14

Quote:
Originally Posted by OKW Lover View Post
Its just an alternative for folks that get off too early.
I don't know. I've seen a lot of highway interchanges and, aside from a few strange ones in Maryland (e.g. I-70 and US 29, where it's actually the onramp that's duplicated), this is the only one where I've seen an extra redundant ramp. Anyway, if it were Disney policy to add such a ramp, why is there none at World and Osceola, where making a U-turn is more complicated (if the extra ramp at Buena Vista were removed, all you'd have to do is U-turn at the Coronado entrance)?

Quote:
Originally Posted by OKW Lover View Post
That ramp design has been around a long time.
Only since 1994 or so, when Buena Vista was extended across World. Prior to then, only the loop existed, and traffic to World southbound curved left. Here's an FDOT aerial photo from 1990: i50.tinypic.com/5mi7q0.jpg (can't post a link because my post county is under 10)
NE2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
DCTooTall
Thinks He Can Escape Boo Boo
 
DCTooTall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: York, PA
Posts: 5,957

Quote:
Originally Posted by NE2 View Post
I don't know. I've seen a lot of highway interchanges and, aside from a few strange ones in Maryland (e.g. I-70 and US 29, where it's actually the onramp that's duplicated), this is the only one where I've seen an extra redundant ramp. Anyway, if it were Disney policy to add such a ramp, why is there none at World and Osceola, where making a U-turn is more complicated (if the extra ramp at Buena Vista were removed, all you'd have to do is U-turn at the Coronado entrance)?


Only since 1994 or so, when Buena Vista was extended across World. Prior to then, only the loop existed, and traffic to World southbound curved left. Here's an FDOT aerial photo from 1990: i50.tinypic.com/5mi7q0.jpg (can't post a link because my post county is under 10)
I wonder if maybe it's a holdover from the road extention work?

It's been a long time, But I could easily see them needing or wanting to close the original loop for exiting traffic while they were doing the necessary road work to re-orientate the roads because of the continuation of the road.

Since it's always been the primary route from the MK area to the DTD area (and EPCOT Resorts), the couldn't afford to remove access to Buena Vista from Southbound World Drive for any significant length of time.
DCTooTall is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.