I hate this damn red light.

I'm talking about the light at the Black Horse Pike and McKee Avenue in Mays Landing -- you know, the one by the movie theater.

Now, the Pike and McKee Avenue is not the busiest intersection around and that's probably why I can't figure out why traffic always backs up there. English Creek and the Pike is far busier, yet traffic usually flows through there just fine. Same with Wrangleboro Road and the Pike and even through all of the other lights in front of Hamilton Mall.

Then you get to McKee Avenue.

Black Horse Pike and McKee Avenue, Mays Landing - Photo: Chris Coleman
Black Horse Pike and McKee Avenue, Mays Landing - Photo: Chris Coleman
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It's where fast-moving traffic goes to die.

Morning, noon, and night, winter or summer. You sit there. Sometimes for several light cycles. Headed westbound during the evening rush hour? You sit there for an eternity. A Saturday afternoon in the summer? You sit there for an eternity.

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Why?!

And if you have ever either left the movie theater or have been on McKee Avenue, you know the green light for you is only eight seconds long.

I hate this damn red light.

If you agree or disagree, or want to nominate another traffic light as the worst in South Jersey, please drop me an e-mail.

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