Boulevard's alternate roundabout plan not sane

Published: August 4, 2012
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Regarding “Group questions roundabout plan” (Business, July 28): I've lived with roundabouts in both New Jersey and Florida. They're serious traffic hazards requiring super attention to get on and off safely. They're based on obsolete traffic technology dating to the 1930s. The ones I've seen connected four thoroughfares and were dangerous when busy.

The one suggested for the new boulevard in downtown Oklahoma City seems to want to connect 10 busy boulevards into a giant cluster merry-go-round. The plan is not sane. And heaven forbid they put something attractive or decorative in the center land area. It attracts the eyes of drivers who should have them on the road.

Florida's Clearwater Beach put in a new roundabout connecting five busy routes and the accident rate went up substantially. When they added a lovely and dramatic fountain to the center, the accident rate increased exponentially. They had to take it out — a wonderful use of taxpayer dollars.

Neal McLaughlin, Oklahoma City


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