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Carbondale: How `bout a roundabout?

John Hoffmann

Dear Editor,Carbondale is looking at a new entrance to town, and I’d like to consider the roundabout as a preferred intersection style here and throughout the valley.The roundabout is widely used in New England because it moves traffic efficiently, is cheaper to build, operate and less polluting than a stoplight. It works well with their four-lane road system taking less land than a cloverleaf, while enhancing the tourist industry by slowing traffic and reducing travel times over stoplights.It’s more secure than a stoplight because when the electricity goes out it doesn’t require a policeman to maintain traffic flow.-For every roundabout we trade for a stoplight, we reduce by tons dirty emissions produced by idling and accelerating.-We reduce the traffic speed, so cars run clean and efficiently.-We shorten travel times from point-to-point by not stopping.-We create more pleasant driving conditions and calmer drivers.So then; faster, cheaper, more secure, mellower, enhances property values, cleaner air and roundabouts are better looking than stoplights. What have I missed? The down side.Semi drivers are skeptical of roundabouts because they often take both lanes to navigate the circle. They worry about driving over the cars caught to their inside. That’s a concern we need to address with good design and driver education.We see safe, functional roundabouts worldwide. From populous capitals to rural, but traffic-laden, Avon and Aspen. They are a very desirable alternative.Thank you for your consideration.John HoffmannCarbondale


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