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Going around in traffic circles

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webmaster | 08/27/12

Iside with Mr. Doud on these insane traffic circles.

My first encounter with one of these things was in New Orleans in 1959. Four lanes going around and around. If the purpose is to enter and exit, why four lanes? How do you get to the exit?

Boston has several of these and they probably worked great for Paul Revere and others in horse drawn carriages at 4 mph, but not at 5 p.m. rush hour at 50+ mph.

Then there is the signage. Unless you have been there before, you can’t read the signs, decipher what they say and get in the right lane. Look at Cleveland and Gateway. That ain’t even a roundabout.

I vote for 90-degree intersections with no trees or bushes in the medians.

Everything we build now days is to accommodate a serpent. It just twists and turns all over the place. Look at Ellis and Schnoor with the new overpass. Can’t read the signs until you get around the bend. Two cornflake box tops and you, too, can be a traffic engineer.

Bill Hoffrage,


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