Civic engagement spurs traffic upgrades in Ferrisburgh
Two distinct groups of Ferrisburgh residents are working toward similar goals: making safety a priority while having the ability to enjoy outdoor activity.
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#1 Jul 12, 2013
Ferrisburgh citizens seek a safe intersection for the Little Chicago and Middlebrook Roads and US 7. From Vergennes to Charlotte the US 7 intersections produced a terrible toll in death and serious injury, all to local residents. In 1999 within view of the high school, three teenagers—Jennifer Moulton, Anne Hoffman and Erin Hoffman—lost their lives as truck on US 7 crashed into the car containing the trio as it entered from Ferrisburgh State Highway onto US 7. Another teenager, Haylay Mosher of Charlotte was involved while on her way to school in a 2001 T-bone crash on US 7 and the Ferry Road signalized intersection in Charlotte but survived after two days in a coma. Another Vergennes young man, 23-year-old Raymond Herbert, also died in a 2005 T-bone collision at Main Street and East Avenue, a signalized intersection with a 25 mph speed limit.
These crashes show why for three states and two Canadian provinces the modern roundabout became the standard intersection—it prevents the right angle crash and reduces overall 90% of serious and fatal injuries at intersection. A single lane roundabout—all that is needed at the Ferrisburgh intersection—also reduces walker injury rates by about 90 percent.
Where a roundabout is feasible, the traffic signal is essentially an obsolete and dangerous choice. Montpelier at the intersection of US 2/302 boasts a three way roundabout intersection with twice the traffic numbers at the Ferrisburgh intersection, and that Montpelier intersection, about 140 feet in diameter, is fully pedestrianized. A one-lane roundabout at a cross intersection on four-lane US 7 in Clarendon was determined feasible.
The intersection solution today for all users—those who walk, bicycle, and travel by car—is the modern roundabout.
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