Hard to stop at Four Mile intersection | PostIndependent.com

Hard to stop at Four Mile intersection

Dear Editor,

Several people and I expressed some concerns at a City Council meeting regarding the roundabout, and we were advised that the engineers would address those concerns. It seems our concerns have not been addressed as a longer run-out does not seem feasible.

For those of us who travel Four Mile Road into town, the concern was on days when the road conditions are snow and ice, especially in the early morning before the plows arrive.

It is sometimes virtually impossible to control a vehicle due to the slope of the hill. Most of us have had an uncontrolled slide making it impossible to slow or stop at the bottom.

If it were not for drivers on Airport Road stopping and proceeding slowly while looking up the hill, there would be countless accidents. That is probably why the stop sign was put there.

This is true irregardless of four wheel drive, ABS braking, heavily loaded trucks or any type of vehicle. Those of us who have experienced an uncontrolled slide slow down to a crawl and still occasionally lose it.

To put skiers who are unfamiliar with the road into a situation where they cannot stop and slide into the roundabout with circulating traffic is to court disaster.

The water from the snow and ice melt running down the hill can refreeze with a temperature drop. We are all familiar with water runoff problems on the hill. The situation is enough to make any liability attorney salivate.

How does the city propose to handle this problem?

William Strong

Oak Meadows

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