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Letter: Keep intersections well lit, large enough for trucks


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From: Teresa Miller

Columbus

I recently took a trip to Mooresville on a snowy day, taking the best route I knew — U.S. 31 to Franklin, turn left at the hospital and keep going. The roads were bad but passable as long as everyone drove cautiously, and I had no problems until the road ahead looked really strange and confusing. I finally figured out it was a roundabout and slowly made my way around it, hoping I was taking the correct exit to keep me on the way to my destination.

Not too much farther down the road was another one. Maybe they were correctly marked, maybe there was ample warning, but the weather was bad and I was already driving as cautiously as I could. I was certainly surprised to see them in the middle of a highway.

Many Columbus residents have seen someone going the wrong way on our one little roundabout. I’ve seen a wide variety of people driving against the traffic with looks of total confusion and terror on their faces, wondering why everyone was blowing their horns or coming right at them.

The thought of a semi barreling down U.S. 31 suddenly confronted with a strange traffic pattern is terrifying. Also, 450S/Southern Crossing is a designated detour when there are accidents or problems on I-65, and that substantially increases the number of vehicles unfamiliar with the road. I hope that if the decision is made to proceed with this, it will be extremely well marked, extremely well lit and large enough to accommodate semis and other big vehicles. And don’t forget wide farm vehicles that also travel in that area.

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