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Letter: Don’t fix intersection if it doesn’t have problem


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From: Nancy Wheeler

Elizabethtown

Received: Jan. 7

I prefer my route to and from town to be a simple one, with stoplights and common road rules in effect. The intersection where a roundabout is proposed, namely Road 400S or Southern Crossing and U.S. 31, is a wide-open, easy-to-navigate one with a traffic signal. The only thing this intersection could use is a left-turn lane in both directions and a turn arrow. The traffic going north on 31 has to pull onto the shoulder to pass on the right a car that is stopped to turn left. No one at this intersection has to wait a very long time to go through. Traffic moves through nicely.

We are always going to have drivers who are not paying attention and plow through an intersection. We have thousands of intersections all over the state. We can’t cure all these problems with roundabouts.

I see roundabouts offering: an impediment to timely travel, a confusing entrance and exit strategy, plenty of blind spots for drivers, low speed entrance of 15 mph and a backlog of traffic waiting to enter wondering if they should go now, later, this way or that.

Just because the intersection has plenty of room for a roundabout to be installed doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Neighbors who are now located a nice distance from the intersection will have traffic at their dining room window and maybe even an uninvited visitor or two.

This traffic regulation device is not meant for this area. Keep it in the city where speeds are low and people are used to bottlenecks.

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