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HeraldNet: Drivers may see a lot more roundabouts in Snohomish County

There are 9 comments on the www.heraldnet.com story from May 5, 2008, titled HeraldNet: Drivers may see a lot more roundabouts in Snohomish County. In it, www.heraldnet.com reports that:

More and more roundabouts are being built in Snohomish County, the state and the nation as alternatives to traffic signals and stop signs. Studies show they cut down on the severity and frequency of accidents, keep traffic flowing, reduce air pollution, save gasoline and are easier and cheaper to maintain.

"They move cars much more efficiently," said Mike Swires, a state Department of Transportation traffic engineer in Olympia.

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Since: Jan 08

Lynnwood, WA

#1 May 5, 2008
I live in an area that had a roundabout installed on one of the busier intersections, and I have to say that it has made that location much safer. Cars no longer have to wait to turn left across a heavy flow of traffic, and cars don't get backed up any longer.

My biggest fear is drivers that aren't competent to understand and navigate through them, but they are a danger no matter what!

“Tu ne cede malis”

Since: Dec 06

Lots of different places

#2 May 7, 2008
Jacquie Cliff wrote:
I live in an area that had a roundabout installed on one of the busier intersections, and I have to say that it has made that location much safer. Cars no longer have to wait to turn left across a heavy flow of traffic, and cars don't get backed up any longer.
My biggest fear is drivers that aren't competent to understand and navigate through them, but they are a danger no matter what!
And I would declare that you are very likely correct in your assertion.

If anything, traffic lights AND signs are all the more the 'solution.'

Playing games with traffic circles (roundabouts) is patently ridiculous.
Duke29

Everett, WA

#3 May 13, 2008
In Europe the roundabout is a normal thing. The only ones having difficulty with them are the visiting Americans who have never taken the time to learn the rules.

“Tu ne cede malis”

Since: Dec 06

Lots of different places

#4 May 13, 2008
Duke29 wrote:
In Europe the roundabout is a normal thing. The only ones having difficulty with them are the visiting Americans who have never taken the time to learn the rules.
So, Duke, are you saying that Americans are dumb?
Duke29

Everett, WA

#5 May 14, 2008
Yeah, I guess they are...

“Tu ne cede malis”

Since: Dec 06

Lots of different places

#6 May 15, 2008
Duke29 wrote:
Yeah, I guess they are...
Any >YOU< are American too, right?
hogtyed

United States

#7 May 20, 2008
I think they work much better than traffic signals. Although...I was on the one in front of the Casino Friday and a fellow was going in the wrong direction. That's the 3rd time I've witnessed that on that particular round-a-bout.
alochin

Bothell, WA

#8 Aug 1, 2008
Like anything, drivers need to learn how to use them. Even when they are used wrong, accidents do not necessarily happens because cars have to slow down (see previous post).
Imagine what may happen when someone crosses the red light.
The point of a turnabout is to slow down traffic, but not stop it.
I was in Europe when they were installed, and I saw people learning them. It was laborious, like it is now in the US.

Turnabout are a great solution for many, but not all, crossroads.

Andre.
Bratinvc

United States

#9 Sep 18, 2010
Duke29 wrote:
In Europe the roundabout is a normal thing. The only ones having difficulty with them are the visiting Americans who have never taken the time to learn the rules.
Well seems to me if you think Americans are Dumb then you should Move to EUROPE...

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