As a South end resident since 1975, I travel up and down Island Crest Way every day, and multiple times on occasion.
The road design staff are to be congratulated on the latest modification. Having just one driving lane in each direction that is clearly marked — with a center turn lane and distinct bicycle lanes — funnels traffic in a safe, albeit slower transit from Merrimount to S.E. 68th Street. Losing a few minutes’ transit time is worthwhile if it reduces the chance for an accident from abrupt lane changes or speeding under the former road scheme.
The Merrimount intersection is very hazardous as folks attempt to turn north across traffic, and I believe the current configuration with a dedicated turn lane is much clearer and safer for all. The other benefit is to all the drivers who live on Island Crest Way, who now have more room before merging with oncoming traffic.