From: John Lipson
Received: Jan. 4
On roundabouts and traffic safety:
For several million dollars, it is proposed to protect one intersection on one road. More power if this saves lives. However, here are examples of recent serious and fatal accidents in one small eastern area of our county.
County Road 450N and State Road 9: Fatal accident from a pickup truck collision with another crossing vehicle.
25th Street and State Road 9: Semi trailer ran the intersection, killing a woman in a car.
County Road 100S and State Road 9: Massive two vehicle crash, with life-threatening injuries and entrapment of two individuals.
County Road 100S and State Road 9: 2-year-old child seriously injured in a T-bone accident.
All of the accidents have the same cause: For a car approaching at 45 mph on a county road to a major highway, the only warning is a single ordinary stop sign at the intersection. Easy to miss. No pre-warning. Nothing to indicate a dangerous intersection ahead.
It would be interesting for the sheriff’s department to review the major accidents for the past 10 years. I expect we would find the same mechanism of crash throughout the county. I hope The Republic will publish this study.
The solution, and not in millions, is to improve the warning of an approaching intersection with signs, pavement markings and, most important, rumble strips. All intersections of county roads and highways should be updated and protected. Note Southern Crossing at Mineral Springs. Rumble strips warn and protect this intersection. Were these installed after a fatal crash?
I hope the County Commissioners will pursue these ideas. I feel that for very little money, we will make our roads safer and reduce this awful carnage.